In a blow to the anti-talk United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) faction led by Paresh Baruah, security forces on Tuesday captured his right hand man and publicity secretary Arun Udoy Dehotia in Assam's Sonitpur district.
On a tip off, a joint team of men from the 44 Assam Rifles unit and police men raided village Jinjia under Biswanath subdivision and apprehended hardcore Ritik Hazarika alias Lieutenant Arun Udoy Dehotia, police sources said.
A 9-mm pistol with two magazines were recovered from him, the sources said, adding Dehotia was being interrogated at the Assam Rifles Lokra camp in Tezpur.
Dehotia hails from Panbortia village near Tezpur and had left home about 20 years ago as a teenager to join the insurgent outfit, the sources said.
After the split of the Ulfa following the arrest of its chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa and other top leaders last year, Dehotia, who was very close to his "commander-in-chief", was given the charge of the Paresh-led faction's publicity secretary and since then was regularly sending e-mails to the media here with the last one being sent on July 17.