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Hamren SP murder suspect held

Nagaon, July 25: Karbi Anglong police today arrested a United People’s Liberation Army militant nvolved in the killing of Hamren superintendent of police Nityananda Goswami on June 5.

Karbi Anglong police said Samson Taru was arrested during a search operation in his house at Taralangsu, a village adjoining district headquarters Diphu, this morning.

A 9mm pistol with five rounds of live ammunition were recovered from Taru.

The police said Taru was among the 10 militants involved in the killing of Goswami. They said he was involved in two major UPLA attacks during the last two months, including the one on Goswami.

He and one of his associates had killed primary school teacher Sambhu Prasad Singh in front of Diphu teachers’ training centre on July 10.

“Interrogation is on to find out more facts behind the formation of the new Karbi militant outfit and its subsequent activities,” said Karbi Anglong additional superintendent of police Balin Deuri.

According to intelligence reports, the UPLA has about 22 cadres, of whom 14 were arrested from different places after the ambush on Goswami. Two UPLA cadres were killed in an encounter recently.

“Right now the outfit has no more than six cadres and our operation is on to arrest them,” a police source said.

The new militant outfit, floated by some cadres of disbanded groups, started its activity in Diphu and Hamren subdivisions of Karbi Anglong district during the last couple of months.

Goswami had launched operations against the group and dismantled its two training camps in remote areas just two days before he was killed.

“We have reports that the new outfit was using arms of the disbanded groups. Taru was the training instructor for recruits,” the source said.

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