GUWAHATI, Nov 20 – The hardline faction of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) today received a major jolt with the killing of explosive expert Saurav Gogoi. Meanwhile, though the flow of funds to the outfit has slowed down, some businessmen of Guwahati are regularly sending money to the outlawed militant outfit.
Highly placed security sources told The Assam Tribune that Saurav was killed in an encounter with a joint team of Army and police at Thamti hills in Assam-Meghalaya border this morning. The security forces launched the operation after receiving a specific tip off and killed the militant, while, another member of the ULFA managed to escape. The security forces also managed to recover a cache of arms and explosives from the slain ULFA member.
Sources said that Saurav was the right hand man of dreaded ULFA leader Drishti Rajkhowa, who is given the responsibility of the operations of the outfit in lower Assam districts and Guwahati city. He was an expert in handling of explosives and other units of the ULFA also sent their members to Saurav to assemble improvised explosive devices. Sources said that according to information available with the security forces, the ULFA leaders had given a specific task to Drishti Rajkhowa and his group to launch offensive in the run up to the protest day of the outfit on November 27 and under the circumstances, the death of Saurav can be termed as a major blow.