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‘Morale of ULFA cadres still high’
Correspondent Shillong, Feb 1:
Published on 2 Feb. 2010 12:05 AM IST
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Even after the arrest of its top leaders, the morale of the ULFA cadres has not been dented with the outfit’s ‘commander-in-chief’ Paresh Baruah still remaining at large and supporting the outfit’s cause, claims a surrendered militant. ULFA “chairman” Arabinda Rajkhowa and “deputy commander-in-chief” Raju Baruah were pushed back to India from Bangladesh and were later arrested by Indian security agencies last year. However, the outfit’s “commander-in-chief” Paresh Baruah has been eluding arrest, now for several years. “We came to know of the arrests (Arabinda Rajkhowa and Raju Baruah) at the camp, but the moral of the cadres in the Myanmar camp has not been affected, knowing Paresh Baruah was still around and supporting the cause of the outfit,” ULFA “Sergeant” Ranjeet Nath, who surrender before the BSF at its frontier headquarters here today, said. Nath, alias Akash Bora from Jorhat’s Ranga Chahi village, is from ULFA’s 28 battalion and is wanted in several cases of killing, extortion and planting explosives in railway tracks in Golaghat district in Assam. He decamped from Myanmar with an AK 56 rifle, 140 rounds of ammunition and two magazines. “At present there are four camps in Myanmar. Each camp houses four battalions of the ULFA,” he said after his formal surrender before BSF’s (Assam-Meghalaya) IG Prithvi Raj. The IG, meanwhile said, that there has been a large exodus of ULFA militants from their camps in Bangladesh. “According to our intelligence inputs Paresh Baruah is hiding somewhere along the Myanmar-China border,” Prithvi Raj said. The Myanmar junta has assured New Delhi during the recently concluded three-day Home Secretary-level talks between the two countries held at Myanmar capital Nay Pay Taw that it would help catch the elusive ULFA “commander-in-chief.” Raj said that there were reports that “pressure was being exerted” by Myanmar on the NE-based militants. “During this month alone two ULFA cadres were gunned down by the BSF. The ULFA’s strength is being reduced slowly,” he added.

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