2014 mass killing: NIA court pronounces verdict; Death for two NDFB; two others get lifer

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HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, Sept 15: A special court of National Investigation Agency (NIA) here on Saturday awarded death sentence to two and life imprisonment to two others after holding them guilty of involvement in mass killings that was triggered by terrorist outfit National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) on December 23, 2014.

A statement issued by the NIA said that the special court pronounced death sentence for NDFB (S) militants Ajay Basumatary alias Birkhang Basumatary alias B Buhum and Bishnu Narzary Dilip Basumatary alias Birbhai alias B Birbaisha alias Lambu and awarded life imprisonment to two co-accused Khamrei Basumatary alias B Udla and Nitul Daimary alias D Naihab.

Over 70 people lost their lives in the mass killing that took place in Kokrajhar and Sonitpur districts.

On August 30, the court convicted four militants in connection with the mass killings.

While Ajay Basumatary was the self-styled commanding officer of the NDFB(S)’s 3rd Battalion, Nitul Daimary was his deputy, the NIA chargesheet said.

Dilip Basumatary and Khamrei Basumatary, on the other hand, were self-styled assistant foreign secretary and second lieutenant respectively, it said.

On December 23 2014, a group of heavily armed militants had indiscriminately fired upon the inhabitants of Santipur village under Rakhakmari Police Outpost in Sonitpur district.

The incident had also triggered more violence in the state’s four Bodoland Territorial Autonomous Districts (BTAD), leading to as many as 75 deaths in a week.

The case was handed over to National Investigation Agency (NIA), which registered a case under sections 120B/121/147/148/302 of the Indian Penal Code,  Section 25[1-A], 27 of the Arms Act and Section 10/13/16/18/20 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UA [P]A).

The investigation agency has filed the chargesheet of the case in July 14, 2015 holding them responsible for the attack on Adivasi villages.


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