Sept. 27: Security personnel today gunned down two NDFB (S) militants allegedly involved in yesterday's ambush of a police team in Kokrajhat district while special operations were launched in Arunachal Pradesh to rescue NHPC official Anil Kumar Agarwal abducted by the outfit.
Agarwal’s 82-year-old mother Nirmala Kumari appealed to his son's abductors to release him as the 56-year-old is suffering from severe asthma and diabetes. “I appeal with folded hands to all, and to those with whom my son is at present staying, to kindly consider the condition of our family and help for (sic) the early and safe return of my ailing son,” she said in the appeal released by the NHPC. Agarwal, based in Tawang, was abducted from Sonitpur district on Saturday evening.
Additional director-general of police (law and order) A.P. Rout told The Telegraph that joint operations were on with Arunachal police to rescue Agarwal.
BTAD inspector-general of police G.P Singh said two NDFB (S) cadres, Raju and Mahesh Brahma, were shot dead in an encounter this morning at Segunbari near Malathijhora, where the militants had yesterday ambushed a police vehicle. Two persons were killed in the incident, including the in-charge of Rupshi police outpost Narayan Chandra Barman and another injured. Police claimed one AK-47 rifle, two magazines, two grenades, 32 rounds of live ammunition and two mobile handsets were recovered from the slain militants.
Malatijhora is around 80km from Kokrajhar, which is 220 km from Guwahati.
Family members of the slain militants, however, said the two were picked up by security forces before they were shot dead in a “fake encounter” at around 7am. Sources in the village said the duo were in touch with the local police for some time to surrender.
Sunny Brahma, mother of Raju said her son left home around 6am on a bicycle saying he was called by someone for some work. “Later we came to know that he was caught and killed by police,” she said.
She said her son was in Guwahati working as a labourer till a few months back before he got involved with some NDFB cadres in the area. She said police had even arrested Raju two months back but he was later released.
Sumila Brahma of Pondharogaon, said: “After the (ambush) the police party came and damaged everything they could lay their hands on.”
A senior villager wondered why the duo would stay in their homes after being part of yesterday's ambush.
The villagers also alleged atrocities by security personnel forces after yesterday’s ambush. At least four houses, including one at Pondharogaon and three at Malathijhora were allegedly vandalized and damaged by the police party.
Police also vandalised the house of Umakanta Brahma, village headman of Malathijhora and another villager, Guneswar Brahma. Umakanta’s son Harkesh Brahma is with the Assam Police, posted at Soraibil in Gossaigaon subdivision of Kokrajhar district.
There were also charges against Rupshi police outpost personnel, who had been attacked yesterday, of not following standard operating procedure laid down by the Unified Command structure which plans and excutes counter-insurgency operations in the state.
The National Democratic Front of Boroland (Songbijit faction) today claimed responsibility for the ambush.