Assam: Families of Women Kickboxers Who Joined ULFA-I, Urges Them to Return Home
According to Hiren Nath, ADGP (Special Branch), three of the five women have been identified, however, it is unclear if they have joined ULFA-I
GUWAHATI: In Assam's Dhemaji district, family members of national-level kickboxer Sabita Chetia are looking forward to her return.
"We don't know where she is, Sabita's sister requested, "Please, Sabita's elder sister, return." The scenario in the Tinsukia, Assam, home of another national-level kickboxer, Nayanmoni Chetia, is identical. "She stated she's going to a kickboxing event with other females," Nayanmoni Chetia's brother alleged. Nayanmoni Chetia's husband is an Assam police officer, and the pair has a 5-year-old daughter.
Along with these two kickboxers, five women are claimed to have joined the United Liberation Front of AsomIndependent (ULFA-I). Despite the fact that the banned terrorist group's unilateral ceasefire was just extended for another three months, it continues to recruit. Nayanmoni and Sabita Chetia have both won medals in the past.
The third lady was identified as Sarmistha Saikia of the Lakhimpur district. The two extra females are said to come from the Majuli and Marigaon areas. According to family members who filed police reports, the ladies had been gone for ten days.
It was suspected that the five ladies were on their way to Myanmar to train at ULFA-I camps after a video of them travelling through a forest was shared on social media. On November 13, ULFA-I sent out an email to the general public informing them that a few ladies join the organisation on a regular basis.
Sabita started kickboxing after finishing Class 12 and had previously travelled for 10-15 days to compete in kickboxing contests. "We've seen the footage, but we're hopeful she'll return," says the narrator. She will be treated with the same deference as everyone else. "We will support her in her sports endeavours," Sabita's sister said.
According to Hiren Nath, Additional Director General of Police (Special Branch), three of the five women have been identified, however it is unclear if they have joined ULFA-I.
"We've been trying to figure out where they are." Their phones are switched off. New members are currently being sought by ULFA-I. We just captured eight young men in Upper Assam. They were on their way to ULFA-I training camps. "We've also counselled 25 people who sought to join the organisation," Hiren Nath added.
He said, "We're keeping a careful check on the ULFA-recruiting I's campaign as well as social media outlets." Three teenagers from Tinsukia, Upper Assam, went missing in October and were suspected of joining the ULFA-I. According to the Assam police, the majority of ULFA-I cadres are believed to be at Myanmar-based camps.