Kokrajhar, Aug. 20: A Class X student was allegedly shot dead by NDFB (S) militants at Dwimuguri in the Laimuti area under Runikhata police station in Chirang where five cadres of the outfit were killed in an encounter in the wee hours today.
Sources said Priya Basumatary was dragged out from her house around 4pm and shot from close range. She died on the spot. The militants suspected her to be a police informer.
The outfit alleged that she was in a relationship with a cadre of the rival Ranjan Daimary faction of the NDFB.
The five cadres of the NDFB (S), including the “military secretary section commander” of the outfit, were killed in an encounter with security forces at Dwimuguri around 4.30am.
Police said after getting specific information about the militants taking shelter in the area, a joint team of security forces carried out the operation.
The inspector-general of police, BTAD, L.R. Bishnoi, said a joint team of police, CoBRA and the army conducted the operation inside a dense forest in the Laimuti area.
The police suspect that an injured militant managed to escape.
The spot is about 45km from Kajalgaon, the district headquarters of Chirang, and 250km from Guwahati.
A huge cache of arms and ammunition including an AK-47 series rifle, two 9mm pistols, two 7.65 pistols, 10 magazines (two AK-47, four 9mm pistols, four 7.65 pistols), five grenades, 226 live rounds of ammunition (163 of AK-47, 14 of 9mm pistols, 24 of 7.65 pistols and 25 of 303 rifles), 10 empty cartridges and Rs 5.510 lakh were recovered from the spot.
The police said the slain militants were identified as C. Rwikha, alias Rajib Sumpramary, self-styled military secretary (commander Iraqdao brigade), M. Rojong, alias Roslin Mushahary (section commander, Bengtol), B. Raidwng, alias Raju Basumatary, (second in-charge, Chirang), Debanand Islary (personal security officer of Rwikha) and Pwrmailang Basumatary, alias Pranjal. They are all in their twenties.
Bishnoi termed it a major success for the security forces in the northern part of Chirang district. He said that the police are keeping vigil.
Army officers said in August itself, nine militants were killed in encounter with security forces in the sensitive districts of Chirang, Kokrajhar and Goalpara.
Bishnoi said the army has been carrying out relentless operations in these remote areas since the beginning of August in the wake of threats by militant organisations to boycott and disrupt Independence Day celebrations.
“These remote areas of Chirang reserve forest have been used as safe havens for the NDFB (S) since long,” he said.
The “secretary”, information and publicity wing of the NDFB (S), N.E. Esera, in a statement blamed the Ranjan Daimary faction of the NDFB for the death of its five cadres saying “in the name of fake encounter they were shot dead from zero distance by the Ranjan Daimary faction,” and warned of counter killings.