ULFA`s links with Maoists exposed

Three Assamese youth, including an ex-ULFA cadre, have been arrested in the jungles of Orissa.

Updated: Mar 05, 2011, 11:51 AM IST

Bhubaneswar: The nexus between the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) and the Maoists has come to the fore with the arrest of three Assamese youth, including an ex-ULFA cadre, by security officials during a recent encounter in the jungles of Orissa.

Orissa security officials arrested three Maoists from Assam on February 12. One of them was identified as Aditya Bora, an ex ULFA cadre.

This has established that there could be a link between the ULFA and Maoists.

This nexus has been exposed at a time when the ULFA Central Committee under the leadership of its chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa is holding peace talks with the Centre, even as the anti-talk faction led by commander-in-chief Paresh Barua has launched a massive recruitment drive in Upper Assam.

"ULFA-Maoist connection has been there for a very long time, but for the first time we have evidence to support it," said Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.

Though proof of ULFA-Maoist links has been brought to light for the first time; it is an established fact that militant groups in the North East have strong links with other outfits both operating within and outside the country with whose help they procure weapons, route their funds and train their cadres.

A perfect example of this is Paresh Baruah, the ULFA commander in chief, who is hiding somewhere in China.

His latest video with a battalion of armed cadres came from an undisclosed location suspected to be somewhere in Myanmar.

Over the years, the Central Government has been working in close coordination with Bangladesh and Myanmar to deny them safe havens in the neighbouring countries in an effort to end the insurgency in the region.

During a recent visit to Assam, Bhutanese Prime Minister Jigme Y Thinley assured that Bhutan would not allow any militant outfit to use the Bhutanese soil for carrying out any anti-Indian activity.

"There is no one in Bhutan ever since they left earlier. And I have every confidence that the Bhutan will not be an attraction, not be a place that will in any way allow Assamese those who are non law abiding to take refuge in the Bhutan," said Bhutan Prime Minister Jigme Y Thinley.

ANI