Two cadres of the anti-talk faction of National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) were killed during an operation in Assam’s Kokrajhar district early on Saturday. a defence spokesperson said.
Lt.Col. Suneet Newton said an AK-56 rifle, a pistol, several rounds of ammunition and large quantity of rations and medicines were also recovered from near the slain cadres.
“Based on tip off, a joint team of Assam Police and army launched an operation in a jungle area of the district on Friday night. During operation the security forces noticed movement of suspected persons. On being challenged, they opened indiscriminate fire on the security force. The ensuing gunbattle led to killing of two militants,” he said.
Newton said that the two slain cadres were moving with food and medicines to be delivered to top wanted NDFB commander B Bidai, who is currently hiding in jungles.
“One of the slain militant is identified to be a Myanmar trained cadre of NDFB faction while the other is a locally trained cadre,” he said adding that the two slain cadres were also responsible for providing tip offs and warning to Bidai and his accomplices regarding movement of security forces, provision of logistics and coordination with linkmen and over ground workers.