Based on an input, a joint operation was launched by the Crime Branch and the Noonmati police at No. 2 Salbari area under the jurisdiction of Noonmati police here on Saturday night.
The arrested cadre, Dipak Choudhury, reportedly claimed to be the general secretary of the banned outfit, was operating in the city by disguising his identity for the last couple of months. The accused hails from Goreswar in Baksa district in the Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR). He came to Guwahati three months ago and was staying at his brother-in-law Biswajit Rai’s house in Salbari and looked after the NLFB’s organizational works. The Crime Branch during the operation recovered two 9 mm pistol bullets, one motorcycle bearing and several illegal documents from his possession.
Meanwhile, the officer-in-charge of the Noonmati police station Pabitra Bhuyan said a case (No. 313/2021) has been lodged under sections 120(B), 121(A), 122 and 124 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). “Further investigation is on,” he added. NLFB is a new insurgent group floated by militant M Batha earlier this year. Batha was a leader of the now-disbanded National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB). He had come out of the jungle at the time of signing of the third Bodo Accord last year.