GUWAHATI, Jan 19 � Among all the active militant groups in Assam, the Songbijit faction of the National Democratic Front of Boroland has the strongest presence on the ground and the cadres of the outfit are also well trained, admitted highly placed security sources.
Sources told The Assam Tribune that the killing of five persons travelling in a night bus on Friday was in retaliation to the death of a hardcore member of the NDFB(S) in Kokrajhar district in a counter-insurgency operation.
Sources revealed that the outfit has strong presence in the areas along the border with Bhutan and Arunachal Pradesh and around 100 of its members are operating within Assam. An equal number of its members are in Myanmar, where the outfit has two major camps. The chairman of the outfit, IK Songbijit is in Myanmar, and most of the its operations in Assam are masterminded by hardcore militant B Bidai, who is the deputy commander in chief of the outfit.
Sources revealed that according to an input, the members of the outfit on the ground have been directed to target police and security forces. However, apart from killing two unarmed personnel of the SSB, the outfit has not seen any success in recent times. The sources added that the NDFB(S) would keep trying to ambush police and security forces.
It may be mentioned here that members of the NDFB(S) have been creating havoc by serving extortion demands in the areas where the outfit has strong presence and in the last year alone, the outfit was involved in more than 45 kidnappings. The outfit has also launched a number of joint operations with the Kamatapur Liberation Organization (KLO). Though the NDFB(S) has close ties with the United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent), the outfits have not operated together so far, sources said.