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ULFA-I Sentences Senior Members to Death for 'Anti-Outfit Activities'

One of the prominent ULFA-I leaders, Lachit Hazarika, known as Brigadier Salim Asom, faced capital punishment in Myanmar.

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GUWAHATI: In a shocking development, the banned militant organization United Liberation Front of Assam (Independent), or ULFA-I, has reportedly handed down capital punishment to two of its senior members, accusing them of engaging in anti-outfit activities.

One of the prominent ULFA-I leaders, Lachit Hazarika, known as Brigadier Salim Asom, faced capital punishment in Myanmar's Sagain area at Hachi camp on September 20. Simultaneously, Bornali, a boxer hailing from Tinsukia and a member of the banned outfit, has also been served with a death penalty by the armed militant group.

According to insider sources, Salim Asom maintained close ties with ULFA-I chief Paresh Baruah and had been associated with the organization since the 1990s. In contrast, Bornali had joined the outfit in the year 2021.

Notably, a significant operation was launched by the Khonsa Battalion of Assam Rifles in collaboration with Arunachal Pradesh police on the afternoon of October 1, 2023. This operation led to the apprehension of two active cadres from the ULFA (I) faction, namely Self Styled Private Nilutpal Asom, also known as Monjit Gogoi, and Self Styled Private Upen Asom, alias Ruhini Gogoi, in Tirap district. The security forces, during their investigation, discovered that these two hardcore cadres had divulged information about the execution of the two senior ULFA-I leaders.

Meanwhile, in a separate incident, security forces in Arunachal Pradesh arrested two ULFA (I) cadres during an operation in Tirap district, police said on Monday. Based on inputs, a joint team of Khonsa Battalion of Assam Rifles and Arunachal Pradesh police arrested the rebels who had entered the state from Myanmar on Sunday and were trying to make their way to Assam, a senior police officer said. Both are residents of Assam and were recruited in the outfit last year. A .32 pistol and one 9 mm pistol were recovered from their possession, the officer said.

Also Read: Security forces arrest two ULFA-I cadres in Arunachal Pradesh

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