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Pressure on cops to arrest rebels

Kokrajhar, June 19: Pressure mounted on the police to firmly deal with the NDFB (S) after it displayed its weapon strength before the media in Kokrajhar on Tuesday, just after a cadre was killed in an encounter and threatened to strike back.

Operations against the militant outfit continued at Auzarbari, where the rebel was killed, and adjoining areas in Kokrajhar district.

“Operations have been intensified and the security forces put on high alert in the strongholds of the outfit. The operations against the militant group will continue,” said a senior police officer in the district. He said they (security forces) are contemplating using helicopters if required.

Combing operations were carried out jointly by police, the army and the CRPF in the jungles near Auzarbari since yesterday but have been unsuccessful so far, as the militants might have fled the area.

Assam police today pressurised the media in Kokrajhar to show them the spot where the NDFB (S) displayed its weapons.

A team of reporters, along with the officer in-charge of Serfanguri police station, went to the spot.

The Kokrajhar Press Club expressed serious concern over the approach of the police. It would raise the issue in a special meeting of the Journalists Union of India (Assam unit) to be held at Barpeta Road on June 22.