GUWAHATI: After the arrest of ISIS-related cadres in Goalpara new inputs have been received about rise in activities of another dreaded extremist organisation NDFB(S). As per reports NDFB(S) leader G Bidai is behind these new activities in border areas of Bhutan and parts of North Bengal.
The army and intelligence bureau are studying the organisation’s activities in Lower Assam. According to a source in IB the dreaded NDFB(S) leader has taken refuge in Bhutan’s Dewangiri area that is adjacent to the Manas National Park. Bidai is also known to have taken shelter in some parts of North Bengal where he has been training cadres in small batches.
Interestingly, two years ago, G Bidai alias Bishnu Goyary had offered to surrender and had contacted a senior Assam Police official. But his terms were not accepted by this senior police official. Assam Police has placed a price of Rs. 5 lakh over his head.
G Bidai is the main accused in the December 23, 2014, massacre of adivasis in Sonitpur district. He is said to have ordered the massacre which led to the death of 70 adivasis. He is also responsible for the murder of a girl school student whom he accused of acting as a government spy. The video of this killing incident had created furore within Assam.
After the turndown of his proposal to surrender, G Bidai has renewed extremism activities. He along with his accomplice Binod Musahary has started getting in touch with surrendered NDFB cadres who are unemployed or unhappy due to various reasons. They are trying to lure them back to extremism.
The army taking note of his activities launched a combing operation in Manas National Park last year but he managed to get past through the porous Bhutan border. Since then, this extremist leader of the anti-talk faction of NDFB(S) has become active in some parts of Bhutan border and North Bengal. Inputs have been received that Bidai is also giving shelter to Northeast rebels who are being pushed out of Myanmar. His renewed activities have now made him the prime target for the army and the intelligence agencies.