Dibrugarh: ULFA insurgents exchanged fired
with police in an encounter in the dense jungles of Dibrugarh
district in upper Assam last night and fled away leaving
behind arms and ammunition, a senior district police official
said on Sunday.
Based on intelligence input that the four extremists were
hiding in the forests between Madhupur and Medela, the police
surrounded the area and the ultras came face-to-face with the
security men as they were attempting to escape in two
motor-bikes, district superintendent of police Arabinda Kalita
The ultras opened fire and four of their bullets hit the
vehicle of the police but none was injured, Kalita said.
The police also retaliated but the undergrounds fled away
towards the interior of the forests under the cover of
darkness, he said.
During search operations, the two motor-bikes, a 15-kg
IED, an AK-81 series assault rifle with 30 rounds of live
cartridge and a mobile handset were recovered belong to the
extremists were recovered, the SP said.
One of the militants was identified as Jayanta Handique
alias Jyotish who had surrendered but was arrested for
returning to the ULFA and was out on bail.
Meanwhile, a release of the anti-talk Paresh Baruah ULFA
faction claimed that a CRPF jawan was killed and another
injured besides their vehicle damaged in the encounter.
The faction`s assistant publicity secretary Arunuday
Dahotia in an e-mail to the media discounted as `baseless` the
district administration`s claim that the rifle, motor-cycles,
etc, were recovered from the encounter site.