TURA, Oct 22: In a huge boost to the counter insurgency operations within the region, the Army in collaboration with the West Garo Hills (WGH) police apprehended 6 suspected United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) cadres from the border village of Pedaldoba, near Tikrikilla on Tuesday night, about 120 kms from the town of Tura.
The Army-Police personnel recovered a sizeable amount of arms and ammunition from the group which was travelling in a Nano before being caught by the team that was doing a recce around the place. The Army unit of Lakhipur in the Goalpara district of Assam was actively involved in the whole operation and was responsible for apprehending the six.
“We had specific information on the movement of ULFA militants between the states and as such a vigil was set up to apprehend them. A vigil was set up with the help of the Army and this bore fruit at about 11 pm yesterday,” said a highly placed police source.
“They tried to run away to the nearby jungle when they were noticed by the security personnel. They were moving in a Nano car when they were caught,” added the source.
Upon interrogation, the six have supposedly owned up to being a part of the ULFA and said that they were based in the area to extort money from residents of the area around Goalpara.
Six 9 mm pistols, 20 rounds of ammunition of 9 mm pistols and 2 grenades were recovered from their possession.