Saturday, July 25, 2009

Alert on Ulfa-Maoist nexus

- Trained youths to execute attacks on state, warn cops
Guwahati, July 24: Assam police have issued an alert about the plans of a 300-member group of youths to sneak into the state for carrying out subversive activities after being trained by Maoist rebels in Jharkhand over the past three years.

An official in the home department said these youths, most of them members of an organisation ostensibly espousing the cause of farmers and also believed to be a frontal organisation of Ulfa, had left Assam during 2006-2007.

“Most of these youths are from areas where the organisation was active till a few months back. Now it is trying to form district-level committees throughout the state,” he said.

The organisation has always been under the scanner of the security forces, which believe it works as a frontal body of Ulfa.

“Most of these youths are from Golaghat and Nagaon districts. We have names of some of them who had disappeared since 2006,” he said.

“Some of these youths may have even been taking shelter in the Lalgarh area of West Bengal, which was till a few days back a stronghold of Maoist rebels,” the official said.

He said there were reports of Ulfa striking a deal with the Maoists and that these trained youths had been assigned to carry out subversive activities in the state.

“Ulfa has been trying since long to work together with the Maoist rebels operating in India, who have links with China,” the official said.

“We also have information that arms for these youths may have already arrived in the state.”

Sources said the organisation had strong bases in the Doyang and Tengani areas of Golaghat district and Kaki in Nagaon district. “We are keeping a close watch on these areas,” he added.

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