GUWAHATI: The newly floated militant outfit of the National Liberation Front of Boroland (NLFB) has called for Assam bandh on Thursday opposing the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Kokrajhar ahead of the third phase of polls slated on April 6.
PM Modi was scheduled to address a public rally at the green field in Kokrajhar on April 1.
Earlier, Kokrajhar Police recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition from Ripu Reserve Forest in the Kokrajhar district on Monday night. Police said that the recovered arms suspected to be belonging to the NLFB outfit.
The police seized three AK-56 rifles, 157 nos of ammunition, eight blankets, 150 kg ration, medicines and utensils concealed under the ground.
Despite all factions of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) had disbanded themselves and joined the mainstream, a few of the cadres believed to have sneaked out again and formed the NLFB under the leadership of Batha, a dreaded militant.
Assembly constituencies under the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) area would go to poll on April 6. At least 149 polling stations out of a total of 3534 polling stations in the BTC area were marked as vulnerable.
On Monday, Assam Police director-general Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta visited Kokrakhar in BTC to take stock of the security measures ahead of the polling and warned miscreants to stay away from any nuisance.
Mahanta said, “Anyone trying to disturb the peace or to create trouble in the election process will be dealt with seriously. We want common people to also help me.”
Since January, state police have recovered some 67 numbers AK 47 and AK 56 rifles in several operations. State’s senior minister Himanta Biswa Sarma recently said that the state government would hand over the case of recovery of arms in the BTC region to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).