Dhubri, July 29: Police claimed to have made a major breakthrough by arresting three suspected GNLA cadres in Dhubri on Sunday.
They were allegedly involved in most of the incidents of kidnap, killing and sending extortion notes to traders of South Salmara-Mancachar subdivision of Dhubri district.
The subdivision is close to the districts of Garo hills of Meghalaya.
“We are interrogating the trio and hopeful of breaking the extortion network run by the GNLA and the ANVC (B) soon,” a senior police officer of Dhubri claimed.
Dhubri additional superintendent of police Debashis Bora said a vital extortion link had been severed with the arrests of the three GNLA cadres.
They are likely to be grilled by the police to elicit more information that might help in further investigation.
“It is expected that recent steps against militants by the police of Garo hills and Dhubri will help in restoration of peace and will build peoples’ confidence that had been lying low for quite sometime. Steps against militants will be escalated in days to come as they have not been totally marginalised,” Bora said.
The president of the South Salmara-Mancachar unit of the BJP, Banwarilal Agarwal, said trade with residents of Garo hills districts had totally collapsed following deterioration of law and order and only joint a operation could flush out militants.
“A joint operation by Assam and Meghalaya police against the militants is the only solution and that will instil confidence among people, particularly among traders. The recent killing of two persons has unnerved people.”
Congress legislator from Mancachar Javed Islam organised a rally yesterday in front of the subdivisional office.