Jorhat, Jan. 5: An Ulfa militant of the Paresh Barua faction was killed and another arrested in a joint operation late last night. Tinsukia police, army and the CRPF’s CoBRA personnel also seized a huge cache of arms and ammunition in an encounter with a group of about five rebels at Hebeda village in the Bordubi area.
The incident comes after police recovered two IEDs from an OIL pipeline at Nagajan under Bordubi police station in the district yesterday afternoon. The site of the encounter is about half-a-kilometre from the place where the IEDs were detected.
In another incident, four Ulfa linkmen were arrested by the police in the Lankasi area under Bordubi police station.
Superintendent of police, Tinsukia, P.P. Singh, told this correspondent that the slain Ulfa cadre had been identified as self-styled corporal Debajit Duarah, alias Bangli Asom. The arrested cadre has been identified as Niranta Moran, alias Moon.
Singh said that both were part of a group of about five militants, who had recently sneaked into the district from neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh.
A China-made M-20 pistol, four grenades, two remote-controlled devices, two detonators and some incriminating documents were recovered from the two militants.
Singh said that operations against Ulfa were on in different areas of the district following reports that militants of the Paresh Barua faction could carry out subversive activities in the run-up to Republic Day.
The four Ulfa linkmen arrested have been identified as Ananta Moran, Dipankar Bora, Himanta Moran and Udesh Moran. Singh said that the four had assisted Ulfa cadres in carrying explosive devices to the site of OIL pipeline at Nagajan where the planted it on the pipeline.
All the four have been remanded in three-day police custody by a court in Tinsukia.