R Dutta choudhury
GUWAHATI, Sept 23 – The hardline faction of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) is trying to promote a new militant outfit in Arunachal Pradesh for its own benefits, while, the security forces have launched a massive operation against the outfit in Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya, which put the outfit under pressure. In fact, key members of the outfit, who were in Arunachal Pradesh for a long time to facilitate movement of militants , are now trying to shift to Myanmar because of pressure from the security forces.
Highly placed security sources told The Assam Tribune that a new militant outfit United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) has cropped up in Arunachal Pradesh and it is believed that the hardline faction of the ULFA was playing a key role in the growth of the new outfit. Sources said that the chief of the new outfit is Sumona Munglang, who was in Mumbai for quite some time before coming back to Arunachal Pradesh. During his stay in Mumbai, he was involved with a number of criminal gangs, sources added.
Sources revealed that the UPDF is involved mainly in collection of money and the outfit even served extortion notices to a number of persons in Itanagar. The security agencies have definite information of sharing of funds between the ULFA and UPDF, sources added.
Meanwhile, commenting on the operations against ULFA in Arunachal Pradesh, security sources said that the Army, Assam Rifles and Arunachal Pradesh Police started launching joint operations against the ULFA in Tirap and Changlang districts of the state, where the outfit has strong bases. For quite some time, the ULFA has been using the routes through Arunachal Pradesh to visit the camps in Myanmar and efforts are now on to check the routes.
Sources pointed out that the operations started paying dividends as a number of key members of the outfit including Rongmon Gogoi, Mridul Moran, Rocket Shyam and others have been nabbed. The forces also managed to recover large quantity of explosives from the ULFA during the operations.
Rocket Shyam alias Gojen Khek originally from Arunachal Pradesh and he became a key member of the ULFA after joining the outfit. Rocket was instrumental in maintaining links between the ULFA and the UPDF.
Sources said that under pressure from the security forces, the hardcore members of the ULFA, who were staying in Arunachal Pradesh for quite some time, are trying to enter Myanmar. The security agencies recently intercepted a message which proved that even Babul Gogoi, a key member of the ULFA, was trying to enter Myanmar from Arunachal Pradesh. Babul was camping in Khorsang area of Arunachal Pradesh for some time and he facilitated transfer of money collected in India to the camps in Myanmar and also helped members of the ULFA to enter Myanmar from India.