"In another incident, police recovered six bodies from Narayanguri village in Baksa district today (Friday) evening. We are not sure whether they were killed today or earlier. However, the modus operandi indicates it to be a handiwork of NDFB's anti-talk faction," said state Home Commissioner G.D. Tripathy.
Police suspect the attacks to be a retaliation to the ongoing anti-insurgency operation by security forces in BTAD, where some NDFB militants were killed recently. Officials said the army carried out flag march in violence-affected areas of Kokrajhar and Baksa districts. Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi condemned the attacks, and asked police to leave no stone unturned to arrest the militants and bring the situation under control.
"The government will do everything possible to frustrate the nefarious designs of the insurgents out to create terror and to apprehend them at the earliest," Gogoi said. A statement issued by the chief minister's office said Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde called up Gogoi Friday to assure him help and support to bring the situation under control.
In Shimla, Shinde said 10 battalions of central forces have been dispatched to Assam. Earlier, Assam's home department sought 10 companies of additional central forces for deployment in the violence-hit districts. In one of the worst riots between Bodos and Bengali-speaking Muslim settlers in BTAD in 2012, over 100 people were killed and more than four lakh were displaced.