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Published on 22 Jun. 2009 1:00 AM IST
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Security forces have stepped up counter-insurgency operations across Assam after intercepting messages of Bangladesh-based NDFB chief Ranjan Daimary directing his cadres to prepare for a show of strength ahead of the Independence Day. In the past fortnight, the securitymen, including army personnel, have killed at least 18 National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) militants in various parts of the state, Times News Network reported. On early Saturday morning, army personnel killed four NDFB cadres in two separate incidents in Sonitpur and Kokrajhar districts. The deceased were reportedly members of the banned outfit’s Daimary faction, which has been categorized by security forces as the group’s anti-bloc. Defence spokesman Col R Kalia said around 3.30 am, the troops killed an NDFB cadre at Hathigate in Sonitpur district and found a .38 pistol on him. The second incident took place about two hours later at Poladabari village near Kachugaon in Kokrajhar district. The securitymen found three pistols, five grenades, three magazines and as many extortion notes on the three slain rebels. On the other hand, security sources said telephonic conversion between Daimary and his “commanders” in the state have been intercepted. “It was found that the outfit is planning major subversive activities ahead of August 15,” a source said. Earlier this month, police got intelligence inputs about the NDFB’s plan to carry out bomb attacks in at least 10 places in the state with intensity enough to kill about 300 to 400 people. A senior police officer said while cadres of the outfit’s pro-talks group stayed in the designated camps, members of the anti-talks faction were moving around with arms outside the designated camps and indulged in terrorist activities. “We are fighting terrorism and our action is not directed to any individual or particular group, but against anybody carrying out terrorist activities,” Col Kalia said.

 
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