Guwahati: A hardcore ULFA (I) cadre was apprehended by Jalukbari Police on Wednesday morning. Based on secret information, Jalukbari Police launched an operation at Kamakhya Railway Station and apprehended the hardcore ULFA (I) cadre.
The apprehended cadre was identified as Diganta Chetia.
As per police sources, police officials are interrogating the cadre at Jalukbari Police Station.
Meanwhile, police sources from Assam police suspect that several ULFA (I) cadres have entered Guwahati city.
Further investigation is being carried out.
The United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) militant outfit organisation operating in the Indian state of Assam. It seeks to establish an independent state of Assam with armed struggle in the Assam conflict. The Government of India banned the organisation in 1990 citing it as a terrorist organisation, while the United States Department of State lists it under "other groups of concern."
According to ULFA sources, it was founded on 7 April 1979 at Rang Ghar and began operations in 1990. Sunil Nath, former Central Publicity Secretary and spokesman of ULFA have stated that the organisation established ties with the Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland in 1983 and with Burma based Kachin Independent Army in 1987. Military operations against the ULFA by the Indian Army began in 1990 and continue into the present. On 5 December 2009, the chairman and the deputy commander-in-chief of ULFA was taken into Indian custody. In 2011, there was a major crackdown on the ULFA in Bangladesh, which greatly assisted the government of India in bringing ULFA leaders to talks. In January 2010, ULFA softened its stance and dropped demands for independence as a condition for talks with the Government of India.
On 3 September 2011, a tripartite agreement for "Suspension of Operations" against ULFA was signed between the Indian government, the Assam government and the ULFA.