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ULFA gives birth to new militant group in M’laya
Correspondent SHILLONG, SEPT 30:
Published on 1 Oct. 2009 12:54 AM IST
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The proscribed ULFA has given birth to a new tribal Garo militant to strengthen its base in Garo Hills region of Meghalaya. A’chik Tiger Force (ATF), the new militant group was formed a few months ago after the Liberation A’chik Elite Force was neutralised with many of its cadres either arrested or surrendering before the state police. “The ULFA has given birth to ATF with its sole objective to provide logistic support to its (ULFA) cadres in Garo Hills,” Deputy Commandant of Border Security Force (BSF), Trideep Sangma said. Sangma was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the surrender of ULFA cadre Manav Handique alias Donbora at the BSF headquarter here. Handique surrendered with a 7.65 mm pistol, a magazine with five rounds, two hand grenades and 21 assorted ammunitions. Apart from logistic supports, the ATF cadres are getting arms training and jointly carrying out hit and run operations in Garo Hills. Incidentally, the potent militant outfit of the state- A’chik National Volunteers’ Council (ANVC) - fighting for a separate Garoland is under a tripartite ceasefire agreement with the government. Garo Hills bordering Assam and Bangladesh is regularly used by ULFA as its corridor to traverse between Assam and their base areas in Bangladesh due to its strategic location.

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