The apprehended ULFA-I cadres incuding minor recruits. Image credit - Northeast Now

In a joint operation by the Indian Army and Assam Police, a huge racket of the United Liberation Front of Asom-Independent (ULFA-I) has been busted in Upper Assam’s Tinsukia district.

According to sources, a joint team of Indian Army and Assam police was able to nab four hardcore cadres of the ULFA-I and four minor recruit cadres of the outfit from different places of Tinsukia district during a marathon operation.

The operation continued for two days and two nights conducted from February 24, 2020, sources said.

Many war-like stores and objectionable materials like ULFA-I flags as well as jungle shoes were recovered during the operation.

Sources said ULFA-I has been trying hard to recruit cadres from the rural areas of Assam through their linkmen.

“This operation is one of the biggest achievements of the security personnel in recent years,” sources claimed.

According to a press statement, acting promptly on the reliable inputs received from a source, a joint operation was launched at various places of Tinsukia district which resulted in the apprehension of two hardcore ULFA-I cadres Diganta Gogoi alias Diganta Asom and Khogen Moran.

The apprehended ULFA-I cadres were secretly carrying out nefarious activities of the banned militant outfit including cadre recruitment in their respective areas staying among the masses only, said the statement.

Further follow-up led to the apprehension of four cadre recruits, who are minors aged below 15 years and two more hardcore cadres identified as Rana Handique alias Kokai and Abhijit Gogoi.

They were apprehended from various places like Makum, Digboi, and Kakopothar in the Tinsukia district.

Two 7.65 mm pistols, one .22 mm pistol along with a number of live bullets, three ULFA-I flags and one pair of jungle shoes were recovered from the apprehended cadres.

Avik Chakraborty

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