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Gogoi suspects NDFB kidnapped SSB men

The NDFB has, however, denied its involvement in the incident. The extended ceasefire with the NDFB ends on Wednesday.

india Updated: May 30, 2006 16:28 IST

The five Sashatra Seema Bal (SSB) personnel whose decomposed bodies were recovered on Monday may have been kidnapped by the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said on Tuesday.

"The needle of suspicion pointed towards the NDFB though nothing concrete can be ascertained immediately and investigations are on," he told reporters in Guwahati.

The five SSB men -- four jawans and a cook -- were kidnapped from Udalguri district when they had gone to a village on May 22 on private business without their uniforms or weapons.

Director General of Police DN Dutta said the inspector general of SSB had arrived in Guwahati from Delhi and was conducting an investigation.

Woodcutters yesterday stumbled on the five bodies inside a dense jungle on the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border, about three kilometres from the famed pilgrimage spot of Bhairabkundo.

Police have intensified search operations in the area following a lead provided by the arrested driver of the vehicle used in the kidnapping, officials said.

The NDFB has, however, denied its involvement in the incident. The Centre had on May 27 extended for six months its ceasefire with the NDFB which expires on Wednesday.