UNLF trying to join hands with Maoists

The UNLF, which is active in the North-East, is trying to join hands with the CPI(Maoists).

Dinesh Sharma

New Delhi: In what could pose a grave threat to the country’s internal security, the United National Liberation Front, which is active in the North-East, is aiming to establish relationship with the CPI(Maoists).

According to exclusive details available with Zee News, eleven top rung cadres of the banned UNLF, who were recently nabbed by the Assam Police, have revealed that the top leadership of the dreaded organisation is aiming to partner with the Maoists and support them at all possible levels.

The arrested cadres have also revealed that the Manipur Peoples Army (MPA) - the armed wing of the UNLF – is trying to recruit educated and competent youth in order to further strengthen and intensify its movement.

UNLF, which is the largest and the oldest Meitei insurgent group in the North-East region, has amassed a huge stock pile of arms and ammunition and established a well entrenched extortion network spread across all segments of the region’s economy.

Over the years, the organisation has grown to contain several separate functional departments that are engaged in a wide range of activities including recruitment, training, acquiring weaponry, money extortion and disbursing compensation and wages to serving cadres’ families etc.
The confidential revelations made by the arrested men are alarming and warrant urgent action and greater co-ordination among various security agencies, Centre and state governments to counter them.

These cadres were arrested in a major operation launched by Assam Police following crucial inputs from the Intelligence Bureau on the intervening night of August 18-19 from Guwahati.
During the operation, five laptops, one satellite phone, twenty mobile handsets, three digital camera, Rs 2.64 lakhs in cash, three ATM cards, two Axis bank credit cards, two PAN cards and six pen drives containing crucial information about the administrative set-up were recovered by the Assam Police.

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