GUWAHATI:After their success against the Sangbijit faction of the terror group National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), that was responsible for the December 23 killings of Adivasis, security forces are now after another outfit in Assam.
Insurgent group Karbi People’s Liberation Tigers (KPLT) suffered a major blow on Sunday as two of its senior leaders were apprehended by a combined team of the police and Army.
Birton Timung alias Rock, the outfit’s self-styled finance secretary and Hemai Singh Kro alias Mysing, its auditor, were arrested from a forested area in the district. Besides two pistols, live cartridges were also recovered.
“The Army and the police have launched a massive combing operation to flush out the KPLT terrorists from the vast West Karbi Anglong area. The operation is still continuing,” Defence sources said.
The police had on Tuesday arrested the outfit’s chairman Doroni Kramsa.
The Karbi People’s Liberation Tigers has for long been unleashing a reign of terror in Karbi Anglong and its neighbouring areas. The police claim that the outfit, which was formed with just 25 armed cadre in 2011, is involved in the killings of rhinos at the Kaziranga National Park.
Sources told Express that the outfit was on a massive extortion drive in the district and that the leaders virtually had no control over the cadre.
Over 70 militants of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland Sangbijit have been arrested or neutralised by the police and security forces ever since the carnage of the Adivasis.
The outfit’s chairman I K Sangbijit and commander-in-chief G Bidai, though, continue to evade arrest. Sangbijit is believed to be hiding in Myanmar, while Bidai is said to have gone underground in Bhutan.