: Guwahati, February 10, 2011
One NDFB commander accused in the 30/08/2008 Guwahati blasts and one mastermind of the avenge strikes by the outfit that killed 18 people in Assam in November last year were arrested by Meghalaya Police along with 4 other in the wee hours of Thursday morning. Lachit Bodo alias Haijang alias Langana was the mastermind of the serial avenge strikes that the NDFB carried in the western Assam districts, mostly in Sonitpur, killing 18 people in November last year, after one Bodo youth was killed in Fake encounter by security forces. He was also responsible for kidnapping of Maharashtra forest department officer Vilas Bardekar in Arunachal Pradesh last year. The IFS officer was released after 78 days. The arrested militant, Commander of the Eastern Region of the outfit, confessed to have taken Rs 1 crore for his release. Also arrested in the operation, Bodo’s Deputy and Sergeant Major Mathuram Brahma alias Mudoi is an accused in the October 2008 serial Guwahati blasts. He has been charge-sheeted by CBI in the case. The other arrested cadres are Nichiram Basumatary, Nakul Bodo and Dharmeswar Brahma. A local tribal, believed to an accomplice in whose house the NDFB cadres were hiding, was also picked up. Meghalaya Police said the NDFB cadres had entered India from Bangladesh on February 7 through Meghalaya’s West Khasi Hills border. Apparently, they had opted to take rest for a day at Byrnihat before entering Assam. The arrested rebels were today produced at the court which remanded them in 5 day of police custody.