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Ulfa rebel held, blast averted

Tura, Aug. 19: Meghalaya police today arrested Ulfa activist Babul Rabha, alias Kancha, from the Chandmari locality here and averted a major blast in Tura.

Rabha, who hails from Krishnai in Goalpara district of Assam, told the police during interrogation that the outfit had planned to carry out a bomb blast in Tura, with the help of the GNLA.

The superintendent of police, West Garo Hills, Mukesh Singh, said, “Rabha was to be provided with materials for a blast by the GNLA.”

Singh said Rabha was also involved in the recent blast, which took place in Krishnai.

Rabha has trained GNLA rebels in making IEDs and is reportedly the right hand man of Drishti Rajkhowa of Ulfa (Independent).

Tura and Williamnagar have been specifically targeted after the police operations in the Durama range to flush out GNLA and Ulfa militants.

The militant is responsible for many IED blasts in Goalpara and other districts of Assam.

Another suspected militant, Trening M. Sangma, 18, was arrested based on information provided by Rabha.

Sangma hails from Purakhasia village, near Dalu in the West Garo Hills.

The police conducted security checks throughout Tura following Rabha’s arrest.

Of the seven entry and exit points, only two were opened for the rest of the day.

An ASAK rebel, Sengkham R. Marak, who was the outfit’s commander of Khasi hills, today surrendered at Dalu police station with a 7.65 pistol and five live rounds.