GUWAHATI, Jan 20 � In a bid to deal with the sudden spurt of activities by the Songbijit faction of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB), the Assam Police today announced cash rewards to anyone who can provide information about 15 senior leaders of the outfit.
Talking to The Assam Tribune, the Inspector General of Police (Law and Order), SN Singh said that similar rewards would be announced on leaders of other major militant groups, including United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent), Kamatapur Liberation Organization (KLO) and the KPLT within the next few days.
According to the notification issued by the Assam Police, a cash reward of Rs 10 lakh would be given to anyone who provides information about Songbijit Ingti Kathar, the chairman and commander in chief of the NDFB(S) to help the police to get him dead or alive. The notification said that Songbijit, a Karbi youth, belongs to Biswanath Chariali in Sonitpur district.
The notification said that the same amount of cash reward would be given to anyone providing information on the general secretary of the outfit, B Saoragwra of Chirang district, publicity and military secretary C Rwikha and spokesperson Ranjit Basumatary.
Cash reward of Rs 5 lakh would be given to anyone providing information on deputy army chief G Bidai, commandant of eastern command Birbai alias B Birbasa, commandant of western command Binod Mushahary, commandant of West Bengal Command B Rwimwilu, deputy commandant of central command B Birangbai, deputy commandant of Dhubri district Ronjoi, platoon commander of Rangapara area B Jairimin and senior cadres Naihab, Jwblang, Govinda Rabha and Mwdan.
The IGP (Law and Order) said that according to information available with the police, Songbijit along with the general secretary and military secretary of the outfit are now in Myanmar. He, however, added that they would have to come to Assam at some time or other. The others mentioned in the list are inside Assam.
Singh said that police forces of most of the States of the country announce such cash rewards to nab wanted criminals. In the past, the Assam Police had also announced such cash rewards and in some districts, the move yielded the desired results.