Guwahati, Apr 23: In a major breakthrough, the joint troops of Indian Army and Assam Police apprehended several ULFA (I) militants, busted a recruitment racket of the outfit and rescued seven minors from six districts of Upper Assam during the last two days.
Based on a specific intelligence input, the joint teams launched a well-coordinated and intensive operation spread over Golaghat, Jorhat, Sivasagar, Charaideo, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts. During the massive operation, the teams also apprehended several cadres and six Over Ground Workers (OGWs) belonging to the proscribed group. The apprehended persons are actively involved in the recruitment racket, a defence spokesperson informed here today.
An official source further informed that yesterday, a secret information was received that five suspicious persons were holed up in the house of one Bhuvan Gogoi of Tairai Village in Satianaguri area under Sapekhati police station, in Charaideo district. Based on this input, a joint team of security personnel cordoned the village by late evening and a raid was conducted wherein five hardcore cadres of ULFA (I) were apprehended fron the house of Bhuvan Gogoi.
The names of the apprrehended ULFA (I) Cadres are 'Sgt Maj' Apurba Gogoi, 'Sgt Maj' Simanta Gogoi, 'Sgt Maj' Biraj Asom, 'Pvt' Lakshyajit Gogoi, and 'Pvt' Sidhartha Gogoi. Simanta is a known IED expert, while Simanta and Apurba are wanted in a series of cases in Sivasagar and Charaideo districts since 2012. Other than numerous Kidnapoing, Murders and Extortion Cases, they were involved in cases of firing upon Kanubari Tea Factory, Firing upon Sapekhati Petrol Pump, Kidnapping of Timon Habi Tea Estate Manager and the latest being the Republic Day Bomb Blast in Teok Ghat area under Sonari PS. A huge cache of arms and ammunition was recovered buried underground from near the house, based on information extracted from them.
All the nabbed insurgents have been sanitized and are being put to medical scanning and COVID Tests too. Meanwhile, the Assam Police spokesperson said the rescued youths belonging to well to do families were influenced and lured into joining the insurgent group through social media and online propaganda videos. Post apprehension, Bishnu (name changed to protect identity) and other rescued minor recruits were counselled and reunited with their parents, who were rejuvenated on seeing their missing children especially in these tough times of COVID 19 pandemic. (UNI)