Guwahati, Nov 23: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has made a major breakthrough in its investigation against acts of terror in the North Eastern states.
The NIA has arrested three major operatives of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Songbijit) in separate operations.
Those arrested are Bipin Brahma, Philip Basumatry and Rabi Basumatry.
All three persons were arrested for their alleged role in the killing of innocent villagers at the Kokrajhar district in Assam on December 23 2014.
Each one of these persons had played a vital role in the attacks. In fact there were two sets of attacks that these persons carried out.
Both the attacks were staged on December 23 2014 which resulted in the death of 20 innocent villagers.
The NIA has taken all three persons into custody and are currently questioning them.
Since each one of a key member of the NFDB(S), the NIA is hopeful that they will provide information on the organizational structure of the outfit.
However, NIA officials say that currently they are focusing on recovering a huge cache of weapons used by these persons.
Further the NIA is also looking for over a dozen more operatives who are part of the outfit and also involved in the attacks.
The attacks at Kokrajhar involving the NFDB(S) comprised several operatives. They launched a brutal attack on the villagers and in the bargain ended up killing women and children too.
Following the attack, the NIA was handed over the probe and since taking over the agency has made several arrests.
With the Government of India signing a peace pact to ensure that there is peace in the North Eastern states, this probe by the NIA becomes extremely crucial.
Some organizations operating in the North Eastern states have refused to come on board and sign the peace pact.
The government which has offered a solution also points out that those not coming on board will be dealt with severely.