Jorhat, Jan. 6: An alert has been sounded in all five Upper Assam districts after reports of Ulfa’s (Paresh Barua faction) attempts to carry out subversive activities in the run-up to Republic Day.
The latest intelligence report stated that at least three groups of cadres were being sent from Ulfa’s Myanmar camp in recent times. Each of the group is believed to have five to six members.
The killing of an Ulfa cadre and arrest of another and arrest four linkmen in Tinsukia district and another linkman in Dibrugarh district in the past 48 hours followed by the recovery of large amo-unt of arms and explosives has led to intensifying of cou-nter-insurgency operations by the security forces, particularly in the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh and Assam-Nagaland border areas.
Tinsukia police today arrested Hiren Gohain, an Ulfa linkman, from Doomdooma in the district and recovered three bottle grenades, two Chinese grenades, 12 electronic detonators, two cell phones with two SIM cards, cordex wire and urea powder from him.
Police sources said in the past six months, a number of wanted Ulfa (Paresh Barua faction) militants were killed, some arrested and some have surrendered with large cache of arms and ammunition. However, it seems that the banned outfit has been able to get fresh recruits as new militants whose records are not available in police files, are being sent to the state through the neighbouring states that have international border with Myanmar.
The source said these arrested militants and linkmen told during interrogation that the Ulfa leadership had instructed to target government properties and assets like oil pipelines and oil production areas. Such installations are mostly spread across the five Upper Assam districts, he added.
The detection of two powerful IEDs planted on an Oil India Limited pipeline at Nagajan under Bordubi police station in Tinsukia district on Friday points out the rebel outfit’s attempt to blow up oil assets. Power supply towers and transformers are other possible targets.
Sources said security forces have managed to get information on movements of persons suspected to be militants as village defence parties and goan burhas have been active in recent times and villagers too refusing to give shelter to the cadres and at times providing tips to the police.
Army, police and CRPF’s CoBRA personnel have been used in the operations against the militants.
Deputy-inspector general of police (eastern range) P.C. Saikia told The Telegraph there was information of militants forming a group of five to six being dispatched from Myanmar to Upper Assam districts to carry out acts of sabotage in the run-up to January 26.
Saikia said the group of cadres with which security forces had an encounter late Friday night had about six persons of whom three to four fled.
He said operations have been intensified and security measures reviewed in the districts to foil all possible attempts by the rebels.
The DIG said police stations in these districts have been asked to keep in touch with the officials of oil installations falling under their jurisdiction and ask to follow security advisories issued by the government.