Dibrugarh, Oct. 8: The banned Ulfa suffered yet another setback today, with the army gunning down a listed Ulfa leader and apprehending a woman militant.
The encounter occurred at Lukili village under Borhat police station in Sivasagar district of Upper Assam.
The encounter occurred around 4pm and lasted 15 minutes. The militants were the first to open fire at an army patrol on its way to the village.
The slain Ulfa leader has been identified as self-styled sergeant major Rajib Saikia of the Bravo Company of its 28th Battalion. Saikia was a resident of Kakotibari in the same district and his elimination is a major success for the security forces. The woman militant was identified as Satyama Bailung, alias Mamu.
“We have recovered an AK-56 rifle along with three magazines and a pistol, along with two magazines from the encounter site,” Col. Narendra Babu, commanding officer of the 66 Field Regiment, said over telephone.