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Huge cache of explosives found in Assam
Published on 24 Nov. 2008 12:34 AM IST
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Huge quantities of explosives, including 10 kg of RDX, were recovered following a gunfight between ULFA militants and security forces in Assam’s Sibsagar district today. Sibsagar SP Shyamal Prasad Saikia told PTI that an information was received that a group of about 9-15 top ULFA cadres had sneaked into the district from Myanmar through Nagaland and had taken shelter in the house of one Shivlal Sarmah. Police and the army cordoned off the house at Hunaipur Soraihojiya under Geleki police station bordering Nagaland this afternoon and a heavy exchange of fire took place but the militants managed to escape. Search operation was continuing in the neighbouring thick jungles to nab the militants. Huge quantities of arms and ammunition, including 10 kg of RDX, eight electronic detonators, blankets, sleeping bags, a camera and some documents on the latest activities of ULFA were recovered from the house. The security forces also recovered a letter, sent from the ULFA ‘headquarters’ with an illegible signature, that directed cadres to “take action and create havoc in Upper Assam districts and act as discussed and planned”, Saikia said. Meanwhile, two relatives of ULFA’s 28 battalion commander Sujit Mohan were nabbed from Sapekhati area of Sibsagar, defence sources said. The security forces recovered five LIC policies in the name of the ULFA leader and his wife Bijulee Barua, Rs two lakh in cash, some magazines and documents from the duo Sanat Barua and Juthika Barua, who are Bijulee’s brother and sister.

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