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NIA chief arriving in city today

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Jan 5 � Director General of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) Sharad Kumar is arriving in Guwahati tomorrow on a three-day visit to the State to review the investigation into the cases relating to killing of more than 70 innocent people in the districts of Sonitpur and Kokrajhar.

Official sources told The Assam Tribune that immediately after his arrival in the city, Kumar would hold a meeting with officers of the NIA who are involved in the investigation of the cases. He will then hold discussions with the Chief Secretary, the Director General of Police and other senior officials of the Assam Government.

On January 7 and 8, the NIA DG will visit the areas where the massacres took place to assess the situation on the ground.

The NIA has already registered four cases in connection with the killing of innocents by militants belonging to the Songbijit faction of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) and four teams of officials have been constituted to investigate the cases. Inspector General of Police, GP Singh, who is an Assam cadre officer on deputation to the NIA, is monitoring the investigation of the cases.

It may be mentioned here that the decision to hand over the cases to the NIA was taken during the meeting that the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had with Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi immediately after the gruesome killings on December 23.

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