New Delhi, Oct 1: The NIA has learnt that the NFDB(S) which carried out the Kokhrajar attack at Assam was planning more strikes in the state. Following the arrest of Amal Mushahary, the NIA raided his home and recovered a cache of arms.
During the raid that was conducted, the NIA recovered two hand grenades, seven rounds of 7.65 calibre along with one magazine of same calibre.
The NIA has also learnt that Amal alias Aogoi had played a major role in the killing of the tribals at Kokhrajar in Assam in the month of December 2014. The NIA says that Amal was in a senior leadership position in the NDFB(S) as head of internal intelligence, finance member and also Personal Secretary to outfit's military chief G Bedai.
Amal told the NIA that he was with Bedai and deputy military chief M Biban @ Batha along with 40 other cadres in the jungles bordering Bhutan after the massacre of 23rd December 2014.
The arrest of Amal has an interesting story behind it. The NIA after taking over the probe into the Kokhrajar attack had launched a massive manhunt for Amal. However Amal fled to Alipurduar in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri. He had been arrested for a petty offence and lodged at the Alipurduar jail. The NIA while questioning various other NFDB(S) cadres learnt that Amal was lodged in a West Bengal jail. The NIA team rushed to West Bengal and secured his custody.
NIA officials say that this is a major breakthrough in the case. He is a major operative and is aware of the command structure of the NFDB(S) which we are trying to crack. He is not just a foot soldier and we suspect that he was very much involved in the planning and the execution of the Kokhrajar attack in which the NFDB(S) killed scores of tribals mainly women and children.
The NIA has secured his custody for five days. He will be stationed at Guwahati where he will be grilled for information on the attack and also details of the banned terrorist organisation. He also will be asked for information on several top commanders of the outfit who continue to dodge the long arm of the law.