Security forces claimed to have averted a Pathankot like attack at Chabua Air Force station in Dibrugarh by arresting an ‘informer’ of ULFA (I).
Army and police had arrested Swaroop Jyoti Chetia, a resident of Chabua who works as a stringer of a local satellite channel on charges of his nexus with ULFA (I) militants.
A case (no 10/18) under section 120 (B)/121/121(A)/ 103 of IPC RW section 10/13 UA (P) was registered against him at Chabua police station. He was released on conditional bail on Saturday evening.
Army and police carried out a joint operation on Friday midnight and arrested him from his residence in Chabua.
“Swaroop has been passing sensitive information about security forces and suggested targets for extortion to ULFA (I). He had passed information about Air Force Station, Chabua, ONGC, NEEPCO and other government installations to hard-core ULFA (I) rebel Bhaskar Gogoi alias Astitwa Asom,” claimed Army in a statement.
Intelligence sources said ULFA (I) has planned to carry out major offensive on vital installations in Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts in the run up to Republic Day.
“Swaroop was acquainted with ULFA (I) cadre Bhaskar Gogoi alias Astitwa Asom since school days at Assam Vidyapeeth in Chabua. He was in touch with Astitwa Asom for last three months on phone. He was asked by ULFA (I) cadre to collect information on Aviation Carrying Turbine Fuel (ATF) tankers which enter Air Force Station Chabua so as to plan subversive activities. Swarup Jyoti assisted ULFA (I) by passing sensitive information about army and air force vehicles plying on AT road,” a highly placed source in Army told Northeast Now.
He was jointly interrogated by the sleuths of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), Intelligence Bureau (IB), Military Intelligence (MI), State Intelligence Bureau (SIB) at 9th Rajputana Army camp in Dibrugarh.
During interrogation, Swarup reportedly revealed that he helped ULFA (I) cadre to identify businessmen for serving extortion notice, added an Army official.
They planned to serve extortion on Munim Phukan and Shyam Gohain of Chabua.
He further revealed that when he failed to accomplish the task given by Astitwa Asom, he was told to give a missed call on another number (which was ignored).
A civil oil tanker (AS 01 HC 3271) on Saturday crashed his oil tanker with Railway track barricades adjacent to Air force station fencing.
The tanker started from Nadua oil extraction site and was on the way to Dikom oil storage unloading point. The tanker over turned once and fell between railway tracks and air force fencing.
Both driver and cleaner ran away from site. Gate pass of driver recovered from site and same matched with book out register of extraction site. Distance of truck from fencing around 25 metres from fencing and accident spot is around 100 metres from main gate.
“ULFA (I) is planning every possible thing to make its presence felt in upper Assam and now they are targeting the youths to work for them as linkman,” added the official.