Two youths, suspected to be members of the United People’s Liberation Army (UPLA), have been nabbed by police around 12:30 am from Desoi Terang village in Jaipong under Dokmoka Police Station in Karbi Anglong district on Sunday.
The youths have been identified as 20-year-old Raja Hanse and 19-year-old Bison Terang.
A .22 pistol, 5 demand notes and a mobile handset have been recovered from the nabbed youths.
On the other hand, the UPLA in a press release issued to media houses on Sunday through the social media platforms said that the news as spread by a particular electronic media that two of its cadres – Raja Hanse (20) and Bison Terang (19) – as being caught in a joint operation by police and army is ‘false’.
The UPLA disowned the youths who were nabbed along with a pistol and demand notes.
UPLA clarified that “the two arrested persons were neither and never members of UPLA as we does (sic) not give rise to such activities during the ceasefire process with the state & central government”.
It also claimed: “The arrested persons who identified themselves as UPLA cadres are anti-social elements trying to malign image of our organisation.”
The UPLA warned of imposing strict action to those involved in making efforts to “distort the ceasefire process between the UPLA and state & central government,” said the release.