Additional DGP (law and order) A.P. Rout (left) at the news conference in Guwahati on Friday. Picture by UB Photos
Guwahati, Jan. 24: Assam police today announced cash rewards of Rs 62 lakh for those who can provide information about 11 militants of the Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO) and seven cadres of the NDFB’s Songbijit faction.
The KLO list includes four top leaders — “commander-in-chief” Nityananda Sarkar alias Shyam Ray, general secretary Keshab Barman, assistant organising secretary Lal Chand Deka and cultural secretary Digambar Rai alias Jibon Koch. Cash rewards of Rs 5 lakh each have been announced against the quartet while Rs 3 lakh each will be given for information provided on another seven cadres.
Speaking at the Assam police headquarters here today, additional director-general of police (law and order), A.P. Raut, said the cash rewards were announced as part of the ongoing operations by security forces against rebel groups like the NDFB (S), KLO, Ulfa, KPLT and others.
Nityananda Sarkar, 25, hails from Joldoba village under Golokganj police station in Assam’s Dhubri district. Keshab Barman and Lal Chand Deka are residents of Bhawraguri and Kusumbil villages under Bhawraguri and Gossaigaon police station respectively in the neighbouring Kokrajhar district. Both the districts share their border with Bengal.
The seven wanted cadres — Brindaban Rajbongshi, Paban, Kaka alias Jibon Singh, Dhananjoy alias Dayal, Samar Barman, Hiranya Ray and Swapon Roy — are from Kokrajhar and Chirang districts. The police also released the pictures of Sarkar and Ray. “Most of their (KLO) leaders stay outside Assam. According to information received by the police, six persons of the 12-member KLO central committee hail from Assam. The group operates mostly in Bengal and the neighbouring districts in Assam, Raut said.
The names of seven rebels of NDFB (S) were also released with cash rewards of Rs 3 lakh each.
The police, along with army and central paramilitary forces, have launched a joint operation against NDFB (S) and KLO after the BTAD area, comprising four districts of Kokrajhar, Chirang, Udalguri and Baksa, reported several incidents of extortion, abductions and killings in the past few months.
The police on January 20 had announced a cash reward of Rs 95 lakh for 15 cadres of the NDFB faction, including Rs 10 lakh each for information about Songbijit, general secretary B. Saoraigwra, military and publicity secretary Rajib Champramary and spokesperson Ranjit Basumatary alias B.R. Ferenga.
Sources said the police have stepped up operations against the KLO after their Bengal police counterparts sought help to contain subversive activities of the outfit following a blast in Jalpaiguri in December, which killed six persons.
“Cash rewards against some members of Ulfa and KPLT will soon be announced. We are getting good response from people and we want to reassure we will maintain full secrecy for those providing information about the militants,” Raut said.