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NDFB top gun killed in shootout

Kokrajhar, Feb. 20: A self-styled deputy commander (southern command) of the Songbijit faction of the NDFB was killed in an encounter with security forces in Kokrajhar district today.

The militant has been identified as B. Thaijou alias Kamaram Brahma, 29, who had a bounty of Rs 3 lakh on his head.

Based on a tip-off about the movement of cadres of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) in the Makrijhora-Malatijhora area of Parbhatjora subdivision, police and the army launched a joint operation.

An encounter ensued around 11.30am during which Thaijou was killed.

The police said three militants managed to escape, taking advantage of the dense forest.

They believe the three could have been injured in the firing. Search operations are on.

A 7.65mm pistol, a magazine, grenades, live ammunition, four empty cartridges and mobile sets were recovered from the slain rebel.

The police said Thaijou was involved in a series of subversive activities in the area like abductions, killings and extortion, including an ambush on a police party in September last year that killed a police officer and his driver.

Thaijou was among the 15 NDFB (S) cadres for whose information Assam police had announced cash rewards to the tune of Rs 95 lakh in January, including Rs 10 lakh each for information on self-styled commander-in-chief Songbijit, general secretary B. Saoraigwra, military and publicity secretary Rajib Champramary and spokesperson Ranjit Basumatary alias B.R. Ferenga.

A cash reward of Rs 3 lakh each was announced for information on B. Thaijou, section commander (Panbari) Megra, second-in-charge of Panbari platoon, Jakhrub, along with cadres Sijou, Fwthai and Thangkhi.

Rewards were also announced for information on 11 Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO) rebels.

The police, along with the army and central paramilitary forces, have launched a joint operation against the NDFB (S) and KLO in the Bodoland Territorial Areas District after several incidents of extortion, abductions and killings were reported in the Bodo belt in the past few months.