Special Correspondent

Guwahati: Unidentified gunmen shot dead three cadres of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) and injured two of their colleagues, besides torching their camp, at Goshkota in lower Assam’s Kokrajhar district on Tuesday evening.

The attack on the camp 5-6 km away from the India-Bhutan border occurred around 6 p.m.

A Home Department official told The Hindu that the needle of suspicion pointed to the youth wing of the Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) — a coalition partner of the ruling Congress. The police were also examining the possibility of involvement of surrendered NDFB cadres.

Revenge strike

The official said there were reports that members of the youth wing of the Bodo party — comprising former cadres of the erstwhile militant outfit, Bodo Liberation Tigers (BLT) — were indulging in armed activities and Tuesday’s attack on the “unauthorised camp” was suspected to be a revenge strike.

The NDFB is now bound by a ceasefire agreement with the Government of India. Its cadres are required to stay only in three designated camps set up by the State government.