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Army shelves plan to storm ultra camps
Guwahati, Dec 23 (AGENCIES):
Published on 24 Dec. 2009 12:02 AM IST
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Apprehension of confrontation with Naga militants in ceasefire with the Centre has forced the army to shelve a plan to storm Ulfa hideouts in Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh. Sources in the army said there was concrete evidence about Ulfa militants taking shelter in NSCN (Khaplang) camps in Nagaland, bordering Myanmar, and also at a few places along the Nagaland-Arunachal border. “Our spotters have located these camps but the fear is that there are also a large number of Naga militants there and we do not want any kind of confrontation with the NSCN,” an army officer said, according to The Telegraph. The Khaplang group is in ceasefire with the Centre. The sources said the plan to storm the camps was made soon after the arrest of a woman Ulfa cadre, Mina Gogoi, from Assam’s Sivasagar district last month. Mina, one of the oldest woman cadres in the outfit and wife of Ulfa militant Roman Dhodomia, was apprehended while she was crossing over to Assam from Nagaland. Her husband and a few other Ulfa cadres in the group fled to Nagaland. “We recovered several photographs of these camps from Mina and got vital information from her. We soon sent spotters and ascertained the presence of these camps,” the officer said. However, the plan to barge into these camps had to be shelved as there were a large number of NSCN (K) cadres there. “Our hands are tied, otherwise we would have had many Ulfa cadres in custody by now,” the officer said.

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