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In a joint operation by Tirap police and 6 Assam Rifles, three hardcore cadres of United Liberation Front of Assam-Independent (ULFA-I) were nabbed on Sunday in Tirap district of eastern Arunachal Pradesh.

The operation has been named as ‘Operation Iron Bridge’ by 6 Assam Rifles.

The apprehended cadres have been identified as the self-styled Sergeant Major Rajesh Lahon @ Raj Axom, Sergent Suraj Dahotiya @ Bajra Axom and Corporal Raju Moran @ Gombhir Axom. In the operation, the Assam Rifles team recovered two .32 pistols, three magazines, thirty nine live rounds, and three ULFA badges.

The cadres were handed over to Khonsa police station.

Also read: Assam: ULFA-I cadre nabbed in Dibrugarh

Recently, hardcore ULFA-I cadre Babul Gogoi was apprehended in a joint operation in Dibrugarh.

Amid COVID-19, security forces have tightened their security and launched massive operations against the insurgent groups along Assam-Arunachal border.

According to information, several ULFA-I cadres are trying to sneak into Assam through Arunachal Pradesh.

These insurgents take the jungle route and enter Arunachal Pradesh from neighbouring Myanmar.

Last month, the troops of Indian Army in a joint operation with Assam Police busted a recruitment racket of ULFA-I and rescued a minor from Charaideo district of Upper Assam on Monday.

The apprehended persons were identified as SS Pvt Baldev Teli,  a ULFA-I cadre and Amit Bara, Sumit Baig, Azad Gohran and Vijay – all OGWs.

The apprehended persons were allegedly involved in a recruitment racket in the region.

Avik Chakraborty

Avik Chakraborty is Northeast Now Correspondent in Dibrugarh. He can be reached at: babs8oct@gmail.com