‘DFB planned to kill political leaders after bombings’

November 13th, 2008 - 9:51 pm ICT by IANS  

Guwahati, Nov 13 (IANS) The outlawed National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) had planned to assassinate two top political leaders of Assam after executing the serial bombings in the state Oct 30, an official said Thursday.A police official said this revelation was made during interrogation of NDFB militant Bimal Mushahary.

Mushahary was remanded to 10-days in police custody by a court after he was arrested Thursday by the police from Guwahati.

“Mushahary is one of those suspected to be involved in the serial bombings and had disclosed plans about killing two politicians,” said a police official, requesting anonymity.

The police also arrested another NDFB leader Laxman from the designated camp in Baksa district on suspicion of being involved in the bombings.

So far, about 12 people, most of them NDFB militants, were arrested by the police.

The police Wednesday arrested two people “the self-styled home secretary of the NDFB Sabin Boro and Bhutanese national Tenzing Jhapa” from a rented house in Guwahati.

The police claims the duo were part of the group of rebels who hatched the serial bombings.

The two were remanded to 10-days police custody by a Guwahati court.

The Assam government had earlier said the NDFB carried out the wave of bombings in Assam that killed 83 people in collaboration with the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA).

Meanwhile, the police are looking for 10 more NDFB militants suspected to be involved in the bombings. Some 26 NDFB rebels were missing from the designated camp in Baksa district.

The NDFB is a rebel group fighting for an independent homeland for the tribal Bodo community in western Assam with the group operating a ceasefire with New Delhi since May 2005.

“There should have been 206 NDFB cadres in the designated camp, but during physical verification it was found the camp had just 146 cadres. Some 40 of them were either on leave or out for treatment. Still 26 cadres were not accounted for,” said Baksa superintendent of police P.K. Dutta.

“This is a violation of the ceasefire ground rules.”

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