3 hardcore ULFA-I militants held; arms & ammunition seized in Tirap district

ITANAGAR, Aug 30: Acting on such a specific intelligence input as part of the ongoing crackdown by security forces to curb anti-social elements, three hardcore cadres of the independent faction of United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA-I), led by elusive commander-in-chief Paresh Barua were apprehended in Chinhan village in Tirap district on Friday last.

The security forces are always on high alert in thick jungle and mountainous terrains of Arunachal Pradesh where the various banned militant outfits of Northeast India take shelter and use it as a corridor to sneak in and out of the porous international borders with Myanmar.

Based on specific intelligence regarding the presence of a group of ULFA-I militants in the area, security forces launched an operation and apprehended the three hardcore cadres of the outfit.

The troops also recovered three pistols, three magazines, live rounds of ammunition and badges of the banned militant outfit ULFA-I. The apprehended cadres of ULFA-I along with the recovered items were later handed over to Laju police station for further investigation, a senior police officer told this daily on Sunday. This was also confirmed by Army sources.

Significantly, on July 11, six hardcore militants of Naga militant outfit NSCN-IM were neutralized in a fierce gun-battle and a huge cache of arms, ammunition and explosives were recovered from the possession of the slain militants. It was another specific intelligence-based operation carried out jointly by Arunachal Pradesh Police along with Indian Army and Assam Rifles personnel in Longding district.

According to top police sources, the slain NSCN-IM militants were planning an attack on security forces and to abduct top politicians to make ransom demands.

Significantly, 18 days after this fierce gun-battle on 29 July, a deadly ambush took place in Chandel district of Manipur in which 3 Assam Rifle personnel were killed and 5 others injured.

Manipur Naga People’s Front, the PLA and the ULFA-I, militant outfits based in Northeast, later claimed jointly responsibility of this deadly ambush on patrolling Assam Rifles team.

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