Guwahati: The anti-talk faction of ULFA
today claimed that the three men shot dead in an encounter in
Lohit district of Arunachal Pradesh were not its cadres but
`innocent` Assamese youths.
ULFA (Paresh Baruah) publicity secretary `lieutenant`
Arunudoy Dohutia in an e-mail to the media here said "After
killing the three youths on the main road as they were
travelling in a motor-cycle, the security forces to hide their
crime displayed the bodies of the slain three with arms
falsely claiming them to be ULFA cadres."
The e-mail said security forces put arms and ULFA
pads, seized earlier from other insurgents and claim the slain
youths as ULFA militants.
Arunachal Pradesh police said three ULFA militants
were killed in an encounter with personnel of 26 Maratha Light
Infantry regiment near Noadehing Bridge at Namsai in
Assam-Arunachal boundary at around 10.15 PM last night and one
9 mm pistol, a .22 pistol, a Chinese grenade along with ULFA
pads were found in their possession.