'350 ULFA cadres active in Assam'
A senior army official says that about 350 ULFA cadres and some fundamentalists are active in Assam and they are now using improvised explosive devises.Updated: Aug 05, 2008 20:14 IST
About 350 ULFA cadres and some fundamentalists are active in Assam and they are now using improvised explosive devises (IED), a senior army official said on Tuesday.
"About 350 ULFA cadres are active here. As a matter of fact 76 have reported to the designated camp at Sadiya in Tinsukia district," General-Officer-Commanding of the army's Four Corps Lt Gen B S Jamwal told reporters in Tezpur.
To queries about fresh recruitments by the banned ULFA, Jamwal, also the Anti-Insurgency Unified Command Structure Commander, said "I believe they are endeavouring to carry out recruitment in upper Assam."
On the peace processes in the state, he said, "it is the government which is dealing with it. I have created an environment and it is up to the government to take a decision".
Asked about the activities of the underground Muslim United Liberation Tigers of Assam (MULTA), the general said, "in lower Assam some fundamentalists are getting activated. We have recovered explosives, specially IEDs and there may be a transition from the normal threats of the terrorists to employ IEDs".
When asked if madrasas or mosques were being used to carry out terror activities in the state, he said, "we don't have any new inputs. However, the details of registered and unregistered madrasas have been given to the state government."
Saying SIMI's dragnet is not active in the state, Jamwal expressed confidence that the Independence day celebrations would be peaceful as the security has been beefed up in the state.