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GUWAHATI, Oct 7 - The Assam Police has issued alert in several districts, including the Bodoland Territorial Autonomous Districts (BTAD), after intelligence inputs indicated that nearly 12 Myanmar-trained militants of the proscribed National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) are trying to enter the State.

Special Director General of Police (Special Branch) Pallab Bhattacharya told The Assam Tribune that there are confirmed inputs about 10 to 12 militants of the Songbjit faction of the NDFB trying to sneak into Assam from the neighbouring country, Myanmar.

�We have alerted the respective superintendents of police of all the districts to step up the vigil,� Bhattacharya said, adding that the NDFB militants in Myanmar are facing severe fund crunch that might have triggered the move.

�However, we do not want to take any chances and have directed all concerned to take necessary steps to thwart any kind of subversive activities,� he asserted, adding that alerts have been sounded in districts like Darrang and Sonitpur.

He, however, stated that there is no specific threat perception vis-�-vis the ensuing Durga Puja from any militant groups. �We are assessing the scenario at regular intervals and taking steps accordingly,� he said.

Meanwhile, a senior Assam Police official based in the BTAD area told this reporter that usually extortion activities increase during Durga Puja and Diwali. �There are reports that the outfit is running out of funds and that is why they might try to raise money,� he said.

The official added that patrolling in and around the inter-state border has also been stepped up.

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Police alert over Myanmar-based NDFB(S) ultras� bid to sneak into State

GUWAHATI, Oct 7 - The Assam Police has issued alert in several districts, including the Bodoland Territorial Autonomous Districts (BTAD), after intelligence inputs indicated that nearly 12 Myanmar-trained militants of the proscribed National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) are trying to enter the State.

Special Director General of Police (Special Branch) Pallab Bhattacharya told The Assam Tribune that there are confirmed inputs about 10 to 12 militants of the Songbjit faction of the NDFB trying to sneak into Assam from the neighbouring country, Myanmar.

�We have alerted the respective superintendents of police of all the districts to step up the vigil,� Bhattacharya said, adding that the NDFB militants in Myanmar are facing severe fund crunch that might have triggered the move.

�However, we do not want to take any chances and have directed all concerned to take necessary steps to thwart any kind of subversive activities,� he asserted, adding that alerts have been sounded in districts like Darrang and Sonitpur.

He, however, stated that there is no specific threat perception vis-�-vis the ensuing Durga Puja from any militant groups. �We are assessing the scenario at regular intervals and taking steps accordingly,� he said.

Meanwhile, a senior Assam Police official based in the BTAD area told this reporter that usually extortion activities increase during Durga Puja and Diwali. �There are reports that the outfit is running out of funds and that is why they might try to raise money,� he said.

The official added that patrolling in and around the inter-state border has also been stepped up.

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