Jorhat (Assam): Maoists were trying to
establish their base in Assam and the anti-talk faction of
ULFA led by Commander-in-Chief Paresh Barua had launched a
"massive recruitment drive, particularly in Upper Assam
districts, to strengthen its base, a senior CRPF officer said.
There were specific intelligence reports indicating
that youths from Assam were "veering towards the Naxal
phiosophy which is a matter of serious concern", CRPF IGP
(Operations) M P Nathaniel told PTI.
"With most insurgent outfits coming forward for
talks, the Maoists are trying to establish its roots in the
state and we are keeping a close watch on both these forces
and ULFA cadre in the state", he said.
Adequate measures were being taken to stop the youths
from being indoctrinated and the whereabouts of youths who
were reported missing when they went outside the state for
getting jobs were also being ascertained, he added.
"As the peace process is on, the ULFA anti-talk
faction is keeping a low profile but their recruitment drive,
particularly in Upper Assam districts, is on full swing,
Nathaniel, who is in charge of Upper Assam, Nagaland and
Arunachal Pradesh", said.
The IGP also appealed for all-round cooperation
from locals, public and the media for active follow up in this