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Move to net NE militants
Published on 7 Feb. 2010 12:11 AM IST
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Security agencies have drawn up a list of 22 Ulfa and NDFB militants whose capture or elimination is expected to deliver a terminal blow to the two outfits’ network of operatives within Assam. “All of them are currently in Assam and we have taken all possible steps to ensure that they cannot leave the state,” a source said, but declined to declare the identities of the militants. He, however, said there were others too, who sustain the two outfits militarily, but they were operating from outside the state. “There is no point fretting over those who are outside our command area. We are after those who are within. Our first aim would be to capture them. It is important to get them before they trigger something as barbaric as the serial blasts of 2008. We are closing in on them. Footloose ground operatives have to be neutralised,” the source said. He said those outside the list did not pose as much a threat and once the listed ones were neutralised, then the ones working below them would become rudderless. “It should be easy after that to mop up the remaining ones.” According to a report in The Telegraph, the decision to zero in on this “select” list was arrived at after reviewing the situation in the wake of the arrest of top Ulfa leaders, including the outfit’s chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa and the threat from commander-in-chief Paresh Barua, who, like NDFB’s Ranjan Daimary, controls the outfit from abroad. Both the militant outfits are operating in tandem in a couple of districts of Assam. Sources indicated that the Unified Command was for continuance of counter-insurgency operations against the two outfits. The Centre today reviewed the operations against both outfits at a meet convened by Union home secretary G.K. Pillai, who is visiting Kokrajhar on February 10 to review implementation of the Bodo Accord 2003 and security issues ahead of the BTC polls. In a related development, a suspected Ulfa militant was shot dead by security forces at Chakrashila reserve forest near Choaikhola in Kokrajhar this morning. The militant is yet to be identified.

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