For ULFA-I recruits, a big strike is an "entry ticket" to the Myanmar camp.


New recruits from an extremist group could have shot down Bisonimukh-Kherbari (Bisonimukh-Kherbari, East Bengal) on November 1 in Bengal in order to win a "ticket" for hiding in Myanmar.

Assam police officials in Sadiya, the district where the five were killed, and neighbor Tinsukia said that at least 10 young people from villages located within a 25 to 30 km radius of Bisonimukh- Kherbari had joined the Unified Liberation Front of Asom-Independent (ULFA-I), outlawed. Paresh Baruah is heading. Four of them were arrested, while two from Tengapani, a colony straddling Assam and Aruanchal Pradesh and about 30 km from Bisonimukh-Kherbari, were reported to be in Myanmar.

Officials from an intelligence agency said that the controversial citizenship (amendment) bill of 2016 had virtually given a new lease of life to ULFA-I, which was against the talks and which was in breakdown and almost nonexistent a few years ago. The ULFA-I claims to be fighting for the kind of "Assamese nationalism" that the bill – considered a dumping tool of "Bangladesh Hindus" on Assam – has turned out to be a source of heat.

ULFA-I denied the latest murder, but police said the incident was "all the attraction" of the operation. Although Mr. Baruah is supposed to operate from Ruili on the border between Myanmar and China, most of the cadres in his group operate from the camps of the Khaplang faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland in the Sagaing Division in Myanmar. "Almost as in the 1980s, when the anti-foreigners' movement had awakened Assamese nationalism, a number of young men turned to ULFA-I. The organization's leaders and their masters in Myanmar and on the border between Myanmar and China provide new recruits with automatic weapons to conduct a major strike as a pass for the underground life in safe places on the other side of the border. border, "said an intelligence officer.

Strikes, over the last two decades, have generally occurred in villages bordering Arunachal Pradesh, inhabited by "dominant" communities such as Bihari and Bengali, which the ULFA-I regards as colonizers. replacing the British.

In December 2000, ULFA – at that time undivided into pro-talks and anti-talks factions – killed 28 small Bihari traders at Sunpura in Sadiya, on the border with Arunachal Pradesh. At least 70 more were killed in neighboring areas.

"Arunachal Pradesh, where the police are suspicious, is a blind spot for us. The extremists conduct offensive operations from the neighboring state and from the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border. Myanmar is only 50-60 km across the jungles, "said Prasanta Sagar Changmai, former Superintendent of Sadiya Police.

"A difficult terrain of sandbars, waterbodies and jungles with isolated villages in various communities makes Sadiya vulnerable to extremist attacks. And because of the lack of infrastructure, many people feel insane and are renowned for providing temporary shelter for extremists, "he said.

According to the former Director General of State Police, GM Srivastava, the assassination of Bisonimukh-Kherbari has highlighted the lack of adequate analysis of information provided by the intelligence services on extremist activities. "Extremist strikes tend to become widespread over the years. The treatment of insurgency and counter-insurgency started badly and last week's killings constituted a case of failure in the analysis of information provided by intelligence, "he said. -he declares. L & # 39; Hindu.

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