MANGALDAI, Aug 27 - Security was tightened in Silbori area, after a self-styled area commander of the NDFB (Ranjan Daimary faction) was reportedly overpowered by villagers of the area near Orang National Park under Dalgaon Police Station on Friday night. Senior Darrang police officers are visiting the area anticipating a possible retaliation on the villagers from the militant group under cease fire.
The arrested pro-talk NDFB cadre along with a few of his fellow members allegedly tried to kidnap a businessman of the locality. However, his accomplices managed to escape from the spot, along with their vehicle, under the cover of darkness.
The arrested cadre was identified as Anil Basumatary alias B Shandil alias Rimfu Basumatary (32) of village Dhupjuli under Dhekiajuli Police Station in Sonitpur district.
Police reportedly seized a 7.65 mm pistol along with a live cartridge from the possession of the arrested militant and also recovered a broken door of the vehicle they travelled in.
According to reports, late in that evening, a local hardware businessman, Kamal Sanyasi (46), after closing his shop at Barjhar, was returning to his residence at Nalbari near Silbori on his motorcycle along with his friend Sujit Biswas (45).
Suddenly, a group of armed NDFB (Ranjan Daimary) cadres coming in a four-wheeler intercepted them near Hazangbosti and tried to kidnap Kamal Sanyasi. As both Kamal Sanyasi and Sujit Biswas raised a hue and cry, the villagers of the locality assembled there and overpowered Anil Basumatary (32).
However, the other NDFB cadres managed to escape, causing bullet injury to a village youth Tapan Das. The agitated villagers lost their cool and beat up Basumatary severely and handed him over to the police. The critically injured NDFB cadre was immediately shifted to Mangaldai Civil Hospital and then to the Gauhati Medical College Hospital the same night.
The condition of the injured militant is now stable, police said. A case has been registered in this regard at Dalgaon Police Station and investigation is on, informed Suman Chakraborty, ASP (HQ), Darrang.