Tezpur: The security forces on Tuesday claimed
they had arrested Arun Udoy Dehotia, the right hand man of
Paresh Baruah in Assam`s Sonitpur district, but it turned out
it was another ULFA leader.
A joint team of the 44 Assam Rifles and the police
raided Jinjia village in Biswanath sub-division and arrested
Ritwik Hazarika, who was first thought to be Dehotia, the ULFA
Publicity Secretary of the anti-talk faction led by Paresh
Baruah, Superintendent of Police Anant Prasad Tiwari said
Ritwik was initially mistaken for Dehotia as they both
had similar physical features with local people also claiming
it to be him, Tiwari said.
A 9-mm pistol with two magazines, two mobile phones
and three SIM cards were seized from him, Tiwari said.
"Though Ritwik is not Dehotia, he is nevertheless a
very important and senior cadre of the political wing of the
anti-talk faction led by `ULFA c-in-c` Paresh Baruah," the SP
He said that Ritwik was sent by Paresh Baruah from
Myanmar to prepare the ground for the ULFA in northern Assam
to launch a recruitment drive and understand the pulse of the
He was being interrogated at the Assam Rifles camp at
Lokra in Tezpur.
Dehotia also sent an e-mail statement to the media,
but it had no mention of the claim of his arrest by the
Some local TV news channels claimed that Dehotia
called them up to deny his arrest.
Dehotia in his email criticised the ULFA pro-talk
faction`s publicity in-charge Kamal Kachari.