New Delhi, Oct 1: Call it sheer luck or fate, but a man who was serving a sentence in West Bengal for a petty crime turned out to be the personal secretary to the Commander-in-Chief of the dreaded terror group NFDB(S).
The NIA which found out that this wanted criminal Amal Mushahary alias Aogoi was serving a term in a West Bengal jail for a petty crime rushed to secure his custody.
After the NIA took over the investigation, 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.
Amal a resident of Kokrajhar, Assam is a senior leader of National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Songbijit faction). He is also a member of the financial committee of the terror group and was the Personal Secretary to its military Commander-in-Chief G. Bidai.
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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.