* 5 cadres of the outfit apprehended
GUWAHATI: In a major breakthrough, the troops of the Indian Army in a joint operation with Assam police busted a recruitment cell of ULFA (I), and rescued a minor from Charaideo District of Upper Assam on May 25.
Based on a specific input, the joint teams launched a well-coordinated operation spread over Charaideo and Dibrugarh Districts of Assam. During the operation the teams apprehended one hardcore cadre and four Over Ground Workers (OGWs) belonging to the proscribed group. The apprehended persons have been identified as self-styled private Baldev Teli, a ULFA(I) cadre and Amit Bara, Sumit Baig, Azad Gohran and Vijay -- all OGWs.
The apprehended persons were allegedly involved in a recruitment operations for the outfit in the region.
The rescued minor identified as Romen Orang was newly recruited and has been handed over to his parents in presence of villagers after counselling. The teams also recovered one 7.62 mm Pistol, 2 rounds of ammunition, mobile phones and SIM cards.
The parents appreciated the efforts of security forces and also expressed their gratitude for the compassion in the safe return of their ward. The apprehended individuals and recovered items have been handed over to Assam police for further investigations, stated a release.