Nov. 18: A suspected Ulfa militant was gunned down in an encounter with police in Kamrup district this morning.
A police source said the rebel — suspected to be a member of the outfit’s Paresh Barua faction — was killed in a joint operation carried out by the operations unit of city police and their counterparts in Kamrup district around 5.30am today.
“The operation was conducted based on intelligence received by city police about the movement of two or three Ulfa militants at Upper Tarabari under Boko police station in Kamrup district bordering Meghalaya for the past couple of days,” the source said.
According to the information, the Ulfa militants had come down from neighbouring Meghalaya to carry out strikes in the city and its adjoining areas.
“Based on our information, the militants were lying in wait for an opportune time to sneak into the city,” the source said.
Acting on the input, a team of city police led by superintendent of police (operations) Ranjan Bhuyan with the help of Kamrup police launched a cordon and search operation in the area late last night.
“Early this morning around 5.30, the police team spotted three youths suspiciously moving near a house located amidst jhum (shifting) cultivation on a hill,” he said. “On being asked to stop, they tried to escape by firing at the policemen, which led to an encounter in which one of the militants was shot. However, the remaining two fled.”
The police have not yet been able to ascertain the identity of the rebel.
A pistol, three rounds of ammunition and two empty cartridges, two bags with clo-thes and some incriminating documents have been recovered from the encounter site.
“We suspect that one of the two rebels, who managed to flee, has sustained bullet wounds and operations are on to apprehend them,” the source said.
The police suspect that these militants had plans to carry out attacks in the city similar to the September 9 grenade attack at Paltan Bazar near Guwahati rail station, which killed one CRPF jawan and injured many others.
He said the encounter site was inaccessible by road and the policemen had to trek on foot to reach the spot.
Upper Tarabari, predominantly inhabited by the people from Garo and Rabha communities, is 30km from Boko police station.
The police said the cadres of Ulfa’s Paresh Barua faction have taken shelter in the areas along the Assam-Meghalaya border in Kamrup and Goalpara districts with the help of proscribed Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA).