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Assam: 2 top militant arrests land Black Widow in trouble
K Anurag in Guwahati | October 20, 2007 19:59 IST
Last Updated: October 20, 2007 20:16 IST
The successive arrests of its two top leaders within a week of each other have served a major blow to the insurgent faction Dima Halam Daogah (Jewel Garlosa). The group, which has been terrorising Assam's North Cachar Hill district, is also known as the Black Widow.
Daku Singh was arrested by the police while he was traveling from Umrangshu in North Cachar hills to Lanka in the neighbouring Karbi Anglong hill district in the disguise of an elderly patient. The police also found Rs 19 lakh cash in his possession. Singh was reportedly trying to sneak out of the North Cachar hills to escape the ongoing counter-insurgency operations.
Assam's Governor Lieutenant General (retired) A K Singh, who is now in charge of the administration of North Cachar Hills Autonomous District Council, had stated earlier that stepped up operations by the Army and the police will soon be able to neutralise the rampaging Black Widow militant group.
Lt Gen Singh said that the forthcoming election to the NCHADC, scheduled to be held in two phases in November and December, will be a smooth affair. The election, which was scheduled to be held in July initially, had to be postponed because of the deteriorating law and order situation in the district.