Tezpur, March 3: Security forces have launched a massive operation after four jawans were injured in an ambush by suspected members of the Songbijit faction of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) yesterday at Sorangjuli in Udalguri district near the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border.
A.P. Rout, additional director-general of police (law and order), told The Telegraph that four Assam Rifles jawans were injured when they were attacked from behind while returning from an operation.
The injured, identified as Prakesh Singh, Birendra Singh, Ashok Kumar and Mridul Hazarika, are undergoing treatment at 155 Army Base Hospital at Tezpur.
Rout said the NDFB (S) has been active in Udalguri district’s Mazbat and Sonitpur district’s Dhekiajuli — both share a border with Arunachal Pradesh.
He also said the operation is being closely monitored by inspector-general of police (law and order) S.N. Singh.
According to sources, around 30 NDFB (S) militants were seen in Jawlia about 20km from Mazbat. Yesterday, the Assam Rifles team was crossing Sorangjuli near the bank of the Pagla river when they came under heavy fire from a hill top.
Sorangjuli is near Rupa of West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh. The militants have set up a camp in Arunachal Pradesh and are carrying out subversive activities from there, a source said.
Operations are also on in various parts of Sonitpur district. Last month, two top NDFB (S) militants were killed in different encounters with Assam police.
Self-styled deputy commander (Southern Command) B.Thaijou alias Kamaram Brahma, 29, who had a Rs 3-lakh bounty on his head, was killed in an encounter in Parbhatjora subdivision of Kokrajhar district on Febuary 20.
Another leader, G. Bigrai, who was eastern zone commander, was killed in an encounter at Balisang on February 23.
S.N. Singh told The Telegraph that a big team of militants was involved in yesterday’s incident.
Earlier, Assam police had declared rewards on top leaders of the NDFB (S).
The outfit’s chairman I.K. Songbijit has a reward of Rs 10 lakh on his head.
B. Saoraigwra, C. Rwikha and Ranjit Basumatary also carry rewards of Rs 10 lakh each on their heads.
An amount of Rs 5 lakh each had been declared for G. Bidai, Birbai, Binod Mushahary, B. Rwimwilu, B. Birlangbai, Ronjoi, B. Jarimin, Naihab,Jwblang, Mwdan and Gobinda Rava.