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Ulfa threat ahead of I-Day

Explosives recovered from Ulfa cadres after an encounter at Namchai in Tinsukia district.
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Jorhat, July 24: Ulfa’s anti-talks faction is trying to carry out acts of sabotage in Upper Assam at important government establishments on the eve of its martyrs’ day on July 27 and in the run-up to Independence Day.

Police sources said based on intelligence reports, the top leadership of Paresh Baruah faction of the outfit was repeatedly asking its cadres to carry out “big strikes” in the region.

However, several attempts by the cadres have been foiled in most of the Upper Assam districts in recent times with a large amount of arms and ammunition being recovered from Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Sivasagar and Jorhat districts, coupled with killing and arrests of its members in encounters with the security forces.

An intelligence report said a group of Ulfa cadres were staying in an NSCN (K) camp at Kharseng in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh, a source said.

Sources said a group of about six Ulfa cadres, under the leadership of Babul Gogoi and Rohendra Moran, alias Guli, were staying at the camp and directing Ulfa militants to trigger blasts by themselves or by hiring youths. Rohendra is a former office-bearer of the All Assam Moran Students’ Union.

Supply of explosives, too, is being done by using youths in a chain system. One person does not know the other, but they deliver the consignment as instructed by Ulfa cadres from the camp over mobile phone using different SIMs.

Sources said Assam police find it difficult to enter the district bordering Tinsukia and carry out search operations because lots of formalities have to be observed.

The army, which carries out counter-insurgency operations in Changlang district, has been trying to track out the hideout.

Security forces have asked the gaon burahs (village headmen) to keep an eye on their respective villages and monitor the youths.

Sources said today a meeting of the Tinsukia district-level co-ordination committee with various state and central security agencies and departments was held at Tinsukia under the chairmanship of deputy commissioner S.S. Meenakshi Sundaram. Representatives of tea garden associations and oil companies attended it.

The meeting reviewed the security scenario and discussed the measures to be adopted to meet the threats from Ulfa as well as Maoists, who have been trying to expand base in the district and areas bordering Arunachal Pradesh.