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Arms operations reveal ULFA extortion rackets
A K Dhar in Dinjan | January 11, 2007 17:47 IST
Trails of new extortion rackets by the United Liberation Front of Assam insurgents and funds being used to recruit fresh cadre and for procuring new advanced weapons have come to light during the stepped up campaign launched by the security forces.
The officials said there had been reports of Baruah having amassed money with business interests in the Gulf.
Officials said that the ULFA 'high command' was keeping a tight hold on the extortion money with the cadre asked to channel it to outfit's underground bases in Bangladesh through courier.
During the current phase of operations, the Army has re-deployed 4000 troops from the Kameng sector in Aurnachal Pradesh from elements of the 2nd artillery brigade and 151 Mountain brigade to conduct operations in these districts.
In addition, the army has more than 10,000 troops already deployed in anti-ULFA operations all over Assam. 5,000 Central Reserve Police Force personnel have also been rushed to these districts, to main city centres and to carry out operations in urban areas, officials said.
In the recent encounters, the army for the first time, has recovered heavier weapons like Universal Machine Guns, AK-56 assault rifles, European-made hand grenades, and large quantities of RDX and other explosives."Chinese weapons of heavier calibre and even some US arms are finding their way to these cadres through Bangladesh and Myanmar," Brig Binnoy said.