GUWAHATI, July 13 - The National Investigation Agency (NIA) today filed a chargesheet of the case related to killing of more than 30 persons belonging to the Adivasi community, against four hardcore militants belonging to the Songbijit faction of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB).
Of the four accused in the case, three were arrested in Kohima, while the fourth accused was arrested in Biswanath Chariali area. The arrest of the three militants in Kohima had led to the recovery of a huge cache of arms and ammunition in the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border area.
Those chargesheeted in the case are: Ajay Basumatary alias B Buhum alias Birkhang Basumatary, Dilip Basumatary alias B Birbaisha alias Birbhai alias Lambu, Khamrei Basumatary alias B Udla alias Urla and Nitul Daimary alias D Naihab alias Naihab.
The NIA opted to continue with further investigation of the case, since certain hard-core NDFB(S) cadres are yet to be apprehended. Accused Ajay Basumatary was holding the rank of self-styled commanding officer of the outfit�s 3rd battalion, accused Nitul Daimary was self-styled deputy commanding officer of NDFB(S), Dilip Basumatary was self-styled assistant forest secretary and Khamrei Basumatary was in the rank of second lieutenant of the outfit.
The case was registered after the indiscriminate firing with sophisticated weapons on December 23 by NDFB(S) militants on innocent people of the Adivasi community at Sonajuli village under Biswanath Chariali Police Station, resulting in the death of 30 villagers including women and children, and injury to many others. The NIA during the course of investigation, has been able to collect evidence on the basis of field investigation, as well as technical and forensic tools, which has been made use of in the chargesheet submitted in the NIA, Special Court, Guwahati today.
It may be mentioned that five cases of killing of Adivasi people were handed over to the NIA for investigation and the agency has already filed the chargesheet of two of those cases. The NIA constituted special teams for the investigations and its Director General also visited the scenes of the crimes after the cases were handed over to the agency.