The gateway to the Northeastern region of the country, Guwahati has became the hub of militant outfits of Manipur. On Thursday, Assam Police arrested 11 top militants of United National Liberation Front of Manipur from different places in Guwahati.
Police said that among the arrested were one Lt. Col, two Major, one Captain, two 2nd Lt., two lady Lance Corporal and three cadres of the Manipuri militant outfit from Geetanagar, Mothghoria and Hengrabari area in the city.
“We had intelligence inputs about Manipuri militants taking shelters in Guwahati. Today we nabbed 11 UNLF militants in the city. They came to the city to develop the outfit’s base in the city”, said P. Saloi, SSP of Guwahati.
Police recovered two Maruti Gypsy car, five laptops, one satellite phone, 20 sophisticated mobile handsets, five cameras, cash amounts of Rs. 2.64 lakh and some incriminating documents.
The presence of large number of Manipuri militants in Guwahati had worried police and other security agencies. In several attack on security forces by ULFA in Guwahati, the banned militant outfit had took help from UNLF and PLA to carryout such attack.
Reports from intelligence agencies said that ULFA was much close to UNLF and PLA than any other militant outfits of Northeastern region.
Friday’s arrest of Manipuri militants in Guwahati was not the first time that Manipuri militants were arrested in Guwahati. Previously also, police with CRPF arrested several top militants leaders of UNLF, PLA (People’s Liberation Army), KCP( Kangleipak Communist Party) and People’s United Liberation Front (PULF) Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL) and People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK).
In June last, a top military leader of PLA was arrested along with his son and his assistant in Guwahati. Several incriminating documents were recovered from his possession and two sophisticated pistols. The photos and incriminating documents recovered from him reveals that PLA had nexus with NDFB (National Democratic Front of Boroland) of Assam and how the Manipuri militants outfit provided arms training camps in Bangladesh.
In 2007, UNLF’s Vice Chairman Narengbam Marjit was arrested from a rented house in the city. Police said that Manipuri militants choose Guwahati to set up bases because to take shelters in the city to escape security operation in Manipur. The different communication routes from Guwahati to other major places are much higher than any other town on Northeastern region.