Dibrugarh: After lying low for last
two years since one of its factions declared unilateral
ceasefire, ULFA militants attacked a tea planter and a garden
employee and torched vehicles in upper Assam along Arunachal
Official sources today said a group of about 12 ULFA
insurgents belonging to the 28th battalion armed with AK-47
rifles and pistols stormed the office of Luit Tea Company at
Bijulibon, under Pengeri police station of Tinsukia district
The rebels fired five rounds in the air, threatened and
assaulted garden manager Sadhan Kumar Tamuli and an employee
Bhaskarjyoti Changmai Phukan, they said.
The militants then set ablaze a car, two transport trucks
and a motorcycle before fleeing.
Luit Tea Company had received an extortion note from the
ULFA about four months ago, a company official said on
condition of anonymity.
The ULFA`s strike force 28th battalion was on a
resurgence since last month, demanding early settlement of the
vexed peace talks.
Officials suspect that yesterday`s attack was a show
of strength and reaction to Union Home Minister
P Chidambaram`s statement before the media in Delhi on June 30
that the government would have to wait for the court`s
decision on the release of the jailed ULFA leaders.
The banned outfit has been targeting the tea sector for
extortion since last month, including on June 17 when they
attacked Bajrangpur tea estate.
On June 28, the extremists kidnapped garden manager
Karanbir Sarma from his residence at Nampong in Lohit district
of Arunachal Pradesh.
The sources said that intelligence reports said a heavily
armed group of ULFA led by Arindam Saharia alias Bijoy Kalita
was carrying out extortion activities along the inter-state