BENGALURU:The city police nabbed National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) militant Birkhang Basumatary in the nick of time, sources said.
According to police officials involved in the arrest, Birkhang had claimed to have left Assam about 10 to 15 days ago and had eventually landed in Kerala. From there he had proceeded to Bengaluru.
Perhaps having an inkling that the police were hot on his heels, Basumatary, alias Bhutur, a native of Chirang in Assam, had no plans of staying in the city for more than a few days, according to DCP (West) Labhu Ram.
Assam IGP L R Bishnoi had earlier said Bhutur was directly involved in the killing of eight Adivasis at Lungsung on December 23 and six Hindi-speaking people at Serfanguri in Kokrajhar district on January 16 last year. Bishnoi had said Bhutur’s arrest was a “big catch” and was made on a tip-off by Assam Police. He was arrested from a lodge in Cottonpet.
The NDFB(S) had launched an attack on Adivasis in Sonitpur and Kokrajhar districts on December 23 last year following which there was retaliatory violence and police firing resulting in the killing of 81 people.