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NDFB create ‘liberated zone’ in forest areas
Published on 9 Oct. 2009 1:28 AM IST
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The outlawed National Democratic Front of Bodoland has created a “liberated zone” by cutting and selling out reserve forests in northern part of Udalguri and Sonitpur district adjoining the border with Bhutan and Arunachal Pradesh in Assam. The outfit has encroached upon the area by giving settlement to their sympathisers on the land of reserve forest besides using it as their hideout. Disclosing that a huge area of reserve forest was completely unadministered and now encroached by Bodos only, an authoritative security sources told Asian Age that the area has become the hub of militant activities. Even ex-BLT cadres are also using the “liberated zone” to confine those persons kidnapped by them for extortion, he added.According to police records more than 100 persons had so far been kidnapped by the Bodo rebel groups for extortion during this year only. However, a large number of kidnapping cases go unrecorded as most of the victims were released only through “private negotiation” with the rebel groups. The police has failed in rescuing even a single individual kidnapped by rebel groups during the current year. Referring that contiguous area starting from northern border of Udalguri to Sonitpur district had deep reserve forest, he said, “Now forest has completely been finished and the rebels are using it as liberated zone.”Pointing out that situation was taking an alarming dimension, he said that outfit was now actively engaged in cutting the forest in Arunchal Pradesh besides encroaching the land.

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