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Police confirms definite links between GNLA, ULFA
Biplab Kr Dey
 TURA, Nov 1 – That militant outfits in the Northeastern region have been working together and sharing information since long have been a common knowledge. Now, East Garo Hills SP JFK Marak has confirmed the link between the ULFA and the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA). The two outfits have been sharing training space, knowledge, bases, as well as their firearms and ammunition, he said.

The recent raid on the residence of the GNLA Commander-in-Chief Sohan D Shira in Sasatgre was made only after intelligence reports of a payload coming to the house. The same was confirmed following the early morning raid. The SP said that they were a little disappointed as they were unable to find too many guns or explosive devices, but the raid was a success overall.

The SP also said that the GNLA had been hand in glove with the ULFA and recent intelligence reports showed that 15 ULFA cadres had graduated from the GNLA camps somewhere in the Durama Hills region. They not only shared inputs, but the GNLA team also helped them cross over to and from Bangladesh.

The C-in-C of GNLA had close links with the ULFA. He said “With others, we are not sure, but the GNLA definitely has links with ULFA, especially with Dristi Rajkhowa’s group as he and Sohan are said to be close. The Dristi group has been using the GNLA’s support to hide in the Garo Hills as well as for training cadres. It is a win-win story for both, with the GNLA getting arms along with bomb making expertise and the ULFA getting logistical support and a place to hide. Our intelligence says that more than 15 ULFA cadres passed out from the GNLA camps last year”.

He said that poor infrastructure had been one of the main reasons why the fight against the outfits had not gained momentum.

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