NIA gets four-day custody of Bodo militants

The National Investigation Agency is probing the December 23 massacre in Assam that claimed the lives of 75 people. Along with the Nagaland police, it arrested the three militants on Wednesday in Kohima 

Guwahati: Three top Bodo militants, who were arrested from Nagaland’s capital Kohima, were produced in a court on Saturday. They were remanded to the National Investigation Agency (NIA)’s custody for four days.

The NIA is probing the December 23 massacre in three districts of Assam — Kokrajhar, Chirang and Sonitpur — that left over 75 people dead and displaced over two lakh people.

Adivasis keep vigil in their village after the December 23 massacre in Assam. File Pic

Although the agency sought 10-day custody, the special NIA court granted only four days for the three National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) militants — Ajoi Basumatary alias B Buhum (32), Dilip Basumatary alias Bir Baisa alias Lambu (40) and Khamrei Basumatary alias Udla (35).

They were arrested on Wednesday in Kohima by a team of the investigating agency and Nagaland Police.

While Ajoi Basumatary is a ‘commander’ of the outfit’s third battalion, Dilip Basumatary is the ‘forest secretary’, and Khamrei Basumatary is the ‘deputy commander’ of the outfit’s 14th battalion. It was under Ajoi Basumatary’s leadership that the recent killing of at least 36 people took place in Sonitpur district.

Khamrei Basumatary was one of the militants involved in the killings in Kokrajhar district the same day.

Dilip Basumatary was responsible for coordinating the NDFB’s activities in reserved forest areas of Assam along the international border with Bhutan and along the inter-state border with Arunachal Pradesh.

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