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NIA team visits Kokrajhar attack site, combing ops on to nab suspects

An NIA team scoured the site on Saturday and spoke to eyewitnesses of Friday’s attack in Kokrajhar in which 14 people were killed.

india Updated: Aug 06, 2016 16:03 IST
Members of the NIA team interacts with residents of Kokrajhar where an attack by suspected Bodo militants left 14 people dead.
Members of the NIA team interacts with residents of Kokrajhar where an attack by suspected Bodo militants left 14 people dead.(ANI)

An NIA team scoured the site on Saturday and spoke to eyewitnesses of Friday’s attack in Kokrajhar in which 14 people were killed. An intense combing operation is also being conducted in the region to nab the members of Bodo separatist group NDFB(S) suspected to be involved in the strike.

Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who visited the attack site, said the militant who was neutralised has been identified as Manjay Islari.

“He is a self-styled area commander of 16th battalion of NDFB(S) faction. We will give the body to his parents,” Sarma said.

To a question, Sarma said that the militants were not part of any suicide squad.

“If they were part of a suicide squad they would not have fled.”

Defence sources said specialised troops, tracker dogs and other equipment have been pressed into service. The Army was also carrying out extensive area domination operations in the district to ensure swift actions, they said.

The situation was described as tense but under control by police.

Chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal visited the seriously injured people at Gauhati Medical College Hospital and inquired about their condition. He spoke to doctors there on providing them advance medical treatment, government sources in Guwahati said.

Kokrajhar deputy commissioner held a high-level security meeting with police, army and paramilitary forces to review the situation ahead of Independence Day, administration sources said.

A strict vigil was being maintained along the Assam-Bengal interstate border and international fronts with Bhutan to prevent the NDFB(S) militants from escaping there, the sources said.

Meanwhile, opposition Congress leaders, who visited Kokrajhar on Saturday, accused the ruling BJP government in the state of failing to take preventive measures despite the fact that militants regularly indulge in violent activities in the run up to Independence and Republic Days.