Guwahati: In what has sent the state administration in a tizzy, the Assam police on Saturday arrested two surrendered Ulfa (Sulfa) rebels who were involved in hoisting the flags of outlawed Ulfa-I at various places in Central Assam’s Nagaon district.
Informing that police has also recovered the vehicle used by these ex-militants, police said one of the arrested persons was identified as Bhaskar Borah (49) alias Raju Borah, the son of late Bakul Chandra Borah from Chayali Poli Road under Nagaoan Sadar police station. He had joined Ulfa in 1991 and surrendered in 1999.
The other arrested person is Naren Gohain (67), the son of late Kamal Chandra Gohain from Difalau village under Nagaon Sadar police station. He is an erstwhile member of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in Manipur and also worked for Ulfa as its linkman.
Police said that it has recovered the car, which was used in committing the crime. Various other incriminating materials have also been seized.
Pointing out that both of them have confessed to their involvement in the crime and their association with outlawed Ulfa-I, security sources admitted that outlawed Ulfa-I has roped in many surrendered Ulfa rebels and is using them for their subversive plan.
Indicating that in several of the extortion related cases surrendered Ulfa rebels were involved, security sources said that Ulfa-I chief Paresh Baruah has been in touch with several Ulfa leaders, who either surrendered or left the outfit. Security sources, stressing the need for cracking the whip on such Ulfa leaders, said that there are some surrendered Ulfa leaders who are also suspected to have been helping the outfit in the fresh recruitment of cadres. Asserting that former militants discreetly helping the Ulfa-I has been a serious threat to the security of the state, security sources said that state police has been asked to keep a close watch on the activities of former militants. Informing that Ulfa-I flag was hoisted at various places including Guwahati on November 28, police said that after cracking the case of Nagaon — in which two ex-Ulfa militants were involved — police has intensified the probe in Ulfa-I flag hoisting case of Guwahati, Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, and Jorhat districts as well.