Ultras using old routes to enter State from #Myanmar.

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#AssamTribuneOnline
GUWAHATI, July 29 – Militant outfits having
bases in Myanmar, including the United
Liberation Front of Asom (Independent) and
the Songbijit faction of the National
Democratic Front of Boroland have started re-
using the routes through Nagaland to come
down to Assam. Meanwhile, the operational
group of the Unified Command today reviewed
the situation in the State and decided to
intensify operations against militants.
Highly placed security sources told The Assam
Tribune that earlier, the militants were using
the routes through Tirap and Changlang
districts of Arunachal Pradesh to come down
to Assam from Myanmar. But following
domination by the Central forces and
Arunachal Pradesh Police in the area, the
militants have started re-using the routes
through Nagaland, particularly through Mon
district to come down to India. Sources said
that though Assam Rifles personnel have been
deployed along the border with Myanmar, it is
not possible to seal every inch of the border
because of the terrain and the problem
aggravates during the rainy season.
Sources said the police and security forces
decided to intensify operations and
formulated strategies to deal with the recent
spurt of activities by the militants. Though
security sources refused to reveal the details
of the strategies adopted, it is learnt that the
possibility of coordinated operations in
Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh cannot be
ruled out. The DGPs of both the States also
attended the Unified Command meeting
today.
Sources revealed that around 20 members of
the ULFA(I) have managed to sneak into
Assam and most of them are in upper Assam
areas. The possibility of the ULFA using hired
persons to lob grenades also cannot be ruled
out as in the past also the militant outfit had
hired people to carry out such jobs. Sources
asserted that some breakthrough into the
incident of grenade blast in Paltan Bazar area
of the city has been achieved and “we are
confident of nabbing the culprits soon.”
On the activities of the ULFA, sources said that
hardcore militant Partha Gogoi is coordinating
the operations of the outfit in upper Assam
from Baghabasti just across the international
border in Myanmar, while Dristi Rajkhowa, who
is in Garo Hills-Bangladesh border areas, is
masterminding operations in lower Assam.
However, the cadres sent to Assam in recent
times to launch operations are not very senior
ones.
Sources said the Unified Command meeting
held today was scheduled 20 days back and it
had nothing to do with the grenade blast
yesterday.

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