Tezpur, April 30: Three suspected cadres of the NDFB (Songbijit faction) were killed in an encounter with police in the Naojan Tinkhuti area under Gingia police station in Sonitpur district today.
The police here said a joint operation of Assam police and the CRPF started last night at Naojan, close to the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border.
The team intercepted five NDFB (S) cadres this morning. The militants fired on the security personnel and the three died when the security forces fired back.
Naojan is about 110km from Tezpur and 290km from Guwahati.
Sonitpur SP Sanjukta Parasar told The Telegraph that two others in the group escaped into the forest.
Those killed in the encounter have been identified as Rajai Mushahary, Custom Boro and Adlish Basumatary, the police added.
Parashar said the NDFB (S) cadres were involved in the killing of Lalit Boro, a BJP worker, at Tinkhuti on April 7 during the first phase of Lok Sabha polls.
In the meantime, three youths — Krishna Mahatu, 22, Manuj Giri, 22, and Kanu Gupta, 23 — of Sirajuli under Dhekiajuli police station were arrested by Misamari police today on charges of extortion in the name of the NDFB (S).
According to the police, the three accused had demanded Rs 10 lakh over telephone from the assistant manager of Belsiri tea estate in the area.
“They had also threatened to kill the manager if he failed to pay up. Based on the complaint by the manager and some other inputs, the police arrested Krishna Mahatu last evening and based on his confession, the other two were arrested today and later sent to jail,” the police said.