Jorhat, Sept. 13: Tinsukia police have launched operations to catch a group of Maoist cadres along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border following intelligence inputs that a group of about five persons, including three Maoist cadres, was moving along the Tinsukia-Changlang district border.
Police sources said operations were under way since yesterday in different areas along the inter-state border, particularly the Bordumsa area that shares boundary with Arunachalís Changlang district.
Intelligence inputs stated that three cadres were from the Left-wing organisation while the rest could be sympathisers or linkmen.
The three cadres are suspected to be Bibek Moran, Baba Mech and Sanjib, all of whom are listed cadres.
Sources said the latest inputs indicated that since last fortnight the group was moving in areas like Kakopathar and Bordumsa near the inter-state border.
The police have also received a complaint from a trader from the border area about an extortion note from the Maoists a couple of days back. Tinsukia superintendent of police P.P. Singh confirmed both the developments.
Though the police have confirmed the development, they are not willing to divulge the details now.
Sources said intelligence reports have also stated that Maoist presence has been found in Mahadevpur town in Lohit district of Arunachal Pradesh, which also shares a boundary with Tinsukia.
Sources said Tinsukia police were in touch with Arunachal Pradesh police to get details on the information and on the basis of the same, could carry out operations jointly with Lohit district police to catch the rebels.
Police sources said since the last few years, Maoists have been trying to spread their tentacles in Sadiya subdivision of Tinsukia, which also shares boun- dary with Arunachal Pradesh, but of late the rebels have been trying to expand bases to other areas of the district.
Last year four Maoist cadres were killed in an encounter with the police at Sadiya and a huge cache of arms and ammunition was recovered from their possession.