Assam: ULFA(I) hideout busted, arms & ammunition found in Tinsukia
GUWAHATI, July 27, 2018: On Thursday, the army's Laipuli Brigade have claimed to destroy an Ulfa (Independent) hideout and recovered a massive cache of arms and ammunition from the Lakhipathar area in Upper Assam's Tinsukia district.
Sources said based on intelligence inputs regarding the presence of a group of Ulfa cadres in the Lakhipathar forest division and to pre-empt the outfit's subversion and sabotage plans in the run-up to its martyr's day on July 27, a cordon and search operation was launched by the 9th Battalion of Rajputana Rifles under Laipuli Brigade on July 25.
During the 24-hour search operation in thick jungles, the troops found and destroyed a hideout of Ulfa (I) and recovered a massive cache of arms and ammunition, including four pistols, one revolver, 11 rounds of 9mm revolver, 16 rounds of 2.2mm pistol, one round of AK-47, two rounds of 40mm MGL (multiple grenade launcher), a radio set, a battery with charger, mobile phones and demonetised currency of Rs 1,49,000," an army source said.
Recently, the 9th Battalion of Rajputana Rifles has conducted several successful operations to mitigate the impact of Ulfa (I) in Upper Assam, where it is very active.
This operation was a part of a major ongoing crackdown by security forces against insurgent outfits active in Upper Assam.
In recent times, several arrested Ulfa (I) cadres have revealed that the outfit has been facing funds crisis after demonetisation.
The outfit has been trying to recover its losses by extorting business community and tea planters, especially in the Upper Assam districts.