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Assam: Army cracks down on ULFA
September 25, 2006 09:09 IST
A United Liberation Front of Assam militant was killed and two army men injured in Assam's Tinsukia district as the army launched a major offensive against the banned outfit on Sunday.
The offensive came as the Central government called off the ceasefire with the outfit earlier in the day.
The ULFA militant -- Bitoban Barua -- was killed in a shootout at Mamoroni village near Lakhipathar, official sources said, adding that two nine mm pistols and ammunition of AK 56 rifles were recovered from the spot. The injured army men had been admitted to the IOC Digboi refinery hospital.
Heavy exchange of fire took place in Momoroni and nearby Pengeri area of upper Assam where the ULFA's dreaded 28th battalion was active and believed to be involved in the murder of a tea garden manager near Digboi on Saturday.
The army and paramilitary forces along with the police launched a major offensive in ULFA strongholds in upper Assam's Tinsukia, Dibrugarh and Jorhat and lower Assam's Baska, Nalbari and Barpeta districts, the sources said.
In Guwahati city, where the paramilitary forces were in charge under the Unified Command structure formed to combat insurgency, launched a crackdown in various areas in search of the insurgents.
Meanwhile, Prasanjit Gohain, a confidant of ULFA Commander-in-chief Paresh Barua, surrendered before the police in Dibrugarh district of Assam. The militant, who belonged to the armed unit of the outfit, surrendered at Chabua Police station with weapons, police sources said.
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