Jorhat, Dec. 10: Rohendra Moran alias Guli, an Ulfa militant based at Arunachal Pradesh, has become a major headache for security forces in Upper Assam, especially in Tinsukia and Dibrugarh districts.
Assam police are in constant touch with their Arunachalee counterparts in this regard.
A meeting between Tinsukia district administration and senior officials of the central forces operating in the neighbouring state was held yesterday to chalk out plans to apprehend the militant.
Guli, who belongs to the Paresh Barua faction of Ulfa, has issued extortion notes to several businessmen in both the districts and made phone regular calls to these traders threatening them with dire consequences if they did pay ransom.
“We have traced these phone calls to Arunachal Pradesh and are in touch with the police force there,” a senior police official in Tinsukia district said.
He said Guli had made recent phone calls from Panchum Basti in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh.
“There are NSCN (K) camps in this particular area of the neighbouring state and we suspect that Guli is currently taking shelter in one of the camps,” the official said. The central forces have been alerted, he added.
Guli, an ex-office bearer of the Moran Students’ Union, has served extortion notices to several MLAs and threatened dire consequences if they failed pay up.
Sources said at least two of these legislators to whom Guli has served extortion notes belong to the Moran community. Many of the cadres, including Guli, belong to the same community.
The official said Ulfa had set up several camps in the Manabhum and Kharsang areas in Arunachal Pradesh with the help of the NSCN (K), which is currently under ceasefire with the Centre.
“These are temporary camps and the cadres are on constant move,” the official said.
The police official said the central forces conducting counter-insurgency operations in Arunachal Pradesh had completely failed as a result of which Ulfa had managed to strengthen its bases in the neighbouring state in recent times.
“We have brought this to the notice of the government and have sought permission for a joint operation between the police forces of the two states,” the official said.
He said the threat from the rebel outfit would remain high if action was not taken to clear the camps at the earliest, as a large number of oil installations were located in the Upper Assam districts.
He said there were also reports that Ulfa trying to get involved in the lucrative coal trade along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border.
“Since most of the camps set up by Ulfa in recent times are located in the coal belt, we fear that the outfit is making plans to target the coal trade,” he said.