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Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma urged ULFA(I) commander-in-chief Paresh Baruah to abjure violence and come to the discussion table. (File Photo)

Assam CM urges ULFA(I) chief Paresh Baruah to abjure violence, join peace talks

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Joydeep Bose
PUBLISHED ON MAY 10, 2021 03:11 PM IST
Last month, militant outfit ULFA(I) abducted three ONGC employees from its Lakwa oil rig in the Sivasagar district along the Assam-Nagaland border. Following this, security forces ramped up their counter-insurgency operations, killing a top ULFA(I) commander and arresting one of his aides.
File photo of an ULFA cadre in 2011.(Mint File Photo)
File photo of an ULFA cadre in 2011.(Mint File Photo)

ULFA-i warns of ‘final action’ on abducted oil firm staff

PUBLISHED ON FEB 20, 2021 05:58 AM IST
In a statement released on Friday, the outfit said that since the deadline for release of the employees had ended and talks with the company have failed, ‘final action’ on the two executives will be taken in a phased manner next week.
A large number of arms and ammunition, including assault rifles, pistols, grenades, etc, were handed over by the rebels from ULFA-I, United Peoples’ Revolutionary Front (UPRF), Dimasa National Liberation Army (DNLA) and Peoples’ Democratic Council of Karbi Longri (PDCK). (Photo @CMOfficeAssam)
A large number of arms and ammunition, including assault rifles, pistols, grenades, etc, were handed over by the rebels from ULFA-I, United Peoples’ Revolutionary Front (UPRF), Dimasa National Liberation Army (DNLA) and Peoples’ Democratic Council of Karbi Longri (PDCK). (Photo @CMOfficeAssam)

63 insurgents give up arms in Assam, CM Sonowal welcomes them

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Utpal Parashar
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 08:34 AM IST
This was the third major laying down of arms ceremony by rebels in Assam this year.
The Meghalaya government had formed a 10 company- strong counter-insurgency force, Special Force (SF) 10, in 2014 to fight the militants(File Photo (Representative Image))
The Meghalaya government had formed a 10 company- strong counter-insurgency force, Special Force (SF) 10, in 2014 to fight the militants(File Photo (Representative Image))

Top ULFA militant’s surrender marks end of insurgency in Meghalaya: DGP

Shillong | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON NOV 12, 2020 03:48 PM IST
DGP Chandranathan said the militant had earlier narrowly escaped twice this year in encounters with the state police.
ULFA-I deputy commander-in-chief Drishti Rajkhowa following his surrender in Meghalaya on Wednesday.(HT photo)
ULFA-I deputy commander-in-chief Drishti Rajkhowa following his surrender in Meghalaya on Wednesday.(HT photo)

How ULFA-I top commander surrendered after a 9-year-long effort by army officer

Hindustan Times, Guwahati/Shillong | By Utpal Parashar and David Laitphlang
UPDATED ON NOV 12, 2020 01:01 PM IST
Drishti Rajkhowa alias Manoj Rabha, an expert in rocket propelled grenade (RPG), was ranked next to ULFA-I C-in-C Paresh Baruah
ULFA C-in-C Dhristi Rajkhowa after his surrender in Meghalaya on Wednesday.(HT Photo)
ULFA C-in-C Dhristi Rajkhowa after his surrender in Meghalaya on Wednesday.(HT Photo)

Top commander of banned ULFA (I) Dhristi Rajkhowa surrenders

Hindustan Times, Shillong | By David Laitphlang
UPDATED ON NOV 11, 2020 11:18 PM IST
Rajkhowa also known to be a close confidant of Paresh Baruah, the commander-in-chief of ULFA (I) is an explosives expert and is also a central committee member of the rebel group.
A file photo of the ULFA flag.(WIKIMEDIA COMMONS)
A file photo of the ULFA flag.(WIKIMEDIA COMMONS)

Banned ULFA had sought Britain’s help in Dhaka

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2020 08:33 AM IST
Days before the Prafulla Kumar Mahanta government was dismissed in 1990 and the Indian Army launched Operation Bajrang against ULFA, three of its functionaries met a British diplomat and sought UK’s support to further its cause
Bora was first taken to the Borholla police station where the army “reported the person was feeling uneasy”. He was first taken to the local health centre and from there to JMCH where he was declared brought dead.(HT Archive/For Representative Purposes Only)
Bora was first taken to the Borholla police station where the army “reported the person was feeling uneasy”. He was first taken to the local health centre and from there to JMCH where he was declared brought dead.(HT Archive/For Representative Purposes Only)

Assam man picked up during counter-insurgency operation dies in custody; probe ordered

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Utpal Parashar | Edited by Meenakshi Ray
UPDATED ON JUN 17, 2020 08:49 AM IST
Jayanta Bora, a resident of Kakodonga village, was picked up by a joint team of Indian Army and state police on Sunday night. He was declared dead on arrival later at the Jorhat Medical College Hospital (JMCH).
Paresh Barua, the leader of the ULFA ( Independent ) has rebuffed all offers of talks till date.(PTI File Photo)
Paresh Barua, the leader of the ULFA ( Independent ) has rebuffed all offers of talks till date.(PTI File Photo)

ULFA-I chief Paresh Baruah says talks possible only on sovereignty

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Utpal Parashar
UPDATED ON JAN 29, 2020 05:48 AM IST
Paresh Barua’s statement comes a day after Centre signed a peace accord with all four factions of National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) in Assam and after an invitation for talks by the state government.
PK Bhuyan, the Deputy Inspector General of Police, said more ULFA(I) cadres are expected to surrender in the coming days.(PTI Photo/representative image)
PK Bhuyan, the Deputy Inspector General of Police, said more ULFA(I) cadres are expected to surrender in the coming days.(PTI Photo/representative image)

Eight ULFA(I) militants surrender in Assam

Guwahati, Hindustan Times | By Sadiq Naqvi
UPDATED ON OCT 27, 2019 10:23 AM IST
As many as eight rebels of the banned ULFA(I) surrendered in Tinsukia district of Assam after joint operations by the Assam Police, the paramilitary forces and the Indian Army, officials said on Saturday.
A tea estate worker who was kidnapped by suspected ULFA(I) rebels was released on Wednesday in Arunachal Pradesh. (Representative Image)(PTI)
A tea estate worker who was kidnapped by suspected ULFA(I) rebels was released on Wednesday in Arunachal Pradesh. (Representative Image)(PTI)

Tea estate worker abducted by ULFA (I) rebels released, given return fare

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Sadiq Naqvi
PUBLISHED ON OCT 24, 2019 09:43 PM IST
The victim stated that he was kidnapped on the evening of October 11 and was released after twelve days of abduction by the militants, with a fare of Rs 600 to return home.
While no ransom call has been received yet, police suspect the abduction is likely to be the handiwork of ULFA (I), the banned anti-talks factions of the rebel outfit which has strong presence in the area.(Bloomberg/ Representative Image)
While no ransom call has been received yet, police suspect the abduction is likely to be the handiwork of ULFA (I), the banned anti-talks factions of the rebel outfit which has strong presence in the area.(Bloomberg/ Representative Image)

Army, police launch joint search operation to rescue Assam tea executive suspected to be abducted by ULFA (I)

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Utpal Parashar
UPDATED ON OCT 12, 2019 05:51 PM IST
Gauranga Deb, who worked as a head fitter in Sankar Tea Estate in Talap area in Tinsukia district, around 35 km from the district headquarters, was abducted by a group of four youths.
According to Reddy, 17 people, including several children, were killed and many more sustained injuries. Banned ULFA was said to be behind the blast.(S Patgiri/ HTMint File Photo)
According to Reddy, 17 people, including several children, were killed and many more sustained injuries. Banned ULFA was said to be behind the blast.(S Patgiri/ HTMint File Photo)

Four sentenced to life for role in 2004 Dhemaji bombing

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Sadiq Naqvi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 04, 2019 06:20 PM IST
On the morning of August 15, 2004, as children and some parents gathered to celebrate Independence Day, a bomb went off in Dhemaji College situated on the North Bank of the Brahmaputra river.
At least 11 people, including two Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) personnel, were injured in the explosion.(HT Photo)
At least 11 people, including two Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) personnel, were injured in the explosion.(HT Photo)

Guwahati grenade blast: ULFA leader, actress detained

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON MAY 17, 2019 12:08 AM IST
The police raided a house in the Panjabari area of the city on Thursday and recovered some explosives, a pistol and 25 rounds of ammunition. Saikia had taken the accommodation on rent around 10 days.
Security personnel with sniffer dogs inspect parceled goods, at Guwahati Railway station.(PTI)
Security personnel with sniffer dogs inspect parceled goods, at Guwahati Railway station.(PTI)

Pro-talk ULFA leader, actress detained for Guwahati grenade blast

Guwahati | By Utpal Parashar
PUBLISHED ON MAY 16, 2019 07:09 PM IST
According to reports, the police raided a house in the Panjabari area of the city on Thursday and recovered some explosives, a pistol and 25 rounds of live ammunition.
Home Ministry(PTI FILE Photo)
Home Ministry(PTI FILE Photo)
Activists of All Assam Students Union (AASU) along with 30 indigenous organizations take out a torch light procession to protest against the Citizenship Amendment bill in Guwahati on January 31.(AFP Photo)
Activists of All Assam Students Union (AASU) along with 30 indigenous organizations take out a torch light procession to protest against the Citizenship Amendment bill in Guwahati on January 31.(AFP Photo)

Situation is challenging, says govt as anti Citizenship Bill protests rock Assam

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Sadiq Naqvi
UPDATED ON FEB 02, 2019 09:22 PM IST
A series of protests has rocked parts of Assam for weeks now and anger against the BJP government continues to rage over the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
Three Assam youth have suspected to have joined the banned ULFA (I) (File Photo)(HT Photo)
Three Assam youth have suspected to have joined the banned ULFA (I) (File Photo)(HT Photo)

Three Assam youth missing, suspected to have joined ULFA(I), says police

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Sadiq Naqvi
UPDATED ON JAN 20, 2019 07:00 AM IST
One of the youth was identified as Hriday Sarkar of Dhubri but the other two from Dhemaji and Goalpora districts are yet to be identified, police said.
Hisar MP Dushyant Chautala and his brother Digvijay, sons of OP Chautala’s elder son Ajay, were expelled from INLD last month after an internal inquiry found them guilty of indiscipline.(Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Hisar MP Dushyant Chautala and his brother Digvijay, sons of OP Chautala’s elder son Ajay, were expelled from INLD last month after an internal inquiry found them guilty of indiscipline.(Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Dushyant launches new party, stakes claim to Devi Lal’s legacy

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Hardik Anand
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2018 08:00 AM IST
MP Dushyant Chautala said if their party was voted to power, they would waive farm loans, introduce a law to cap fee in private schools and bring back the old pension scheme.
File photo of an ULFA cadre in 2011.(Mint File Photo)
File photo of an ULFA cadre in 2011.(Mint File Photo)

ULFA using social media to gain foothold in Assam

Hindusta Times, Tinsukia (Assam)/Jairampur (Arunachal Pradesh) | By Sadiq Naqvi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 10, 2018 07:17 AM IST
The social media appears to have made it easier for the ULFA to attract recruits. A police officer, who keeps track of the social media, said 80 Facebook profiles have been under watch for “posting content sympathetic” to the ULFA (Independent) or for “being connected to it.”
Relatives mourn the death of a family member killed by suspected United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) in Tinsukia district of Assam on November 2.(PTI Photo)
Relatives mourn the death of a family member killed by suspected United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) in Tinsukia district of Assam on November 2.(PTI Photo)

Targeted because we are Bengalis, says lone survivor of Tinsukia killings

Hindustan Times, Tinsukia (Assam) | By Sadiq Naqvi
UPDATED ON NOV 05, 2018 08:01 AM IST
The survivor, Shodeb Namashudra, claimed he survived because he dropped unconscious in a stream after a bullet grazed past his ear.
Various organisations have took to the streets over the last few days to protest the killing of five Bengalis in Assam’s Tinsukia.(PTI)
Various organisations have took to the streets over the last few days to protest the killing of five Bengalis in Assam’s Tinsukia.(PTI)

Assam will burn if citizenship bill is passed, warns ULFA’s Anup Chetia after Tinsukia killings

Hindustan Times, Tinsukia (Assam) | By Sadiq Naqvi
UPDATED ON NOV 04, 2018 09:11 AM IST
Assam will burn if the Centre continues to push the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, Anup Chetia, the general secretary of the ULFA faction that is currently in talks with the government, said on the Tinsukia killings.
CRPF officials inspect the area after five people were killed by suspected United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) , at Tinsukia district of Assam, on November 2.(PTI Photo)
CRPF officials inspect the area after five people were killed by suspected United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) , at Tinsukia district of Assam, on November 2.(PTI Photo)

Man affiliated to ULFA(I) nabbed in Tinsukia killings

Hindustan Times, Tinsukia | By Sadiq Naqvi
UPDATED ON NOV 03, 2018 11:55 PM IST
Bhabananda Gogoi was apprehended two hours after the incident from the Dhola Sadia bridge on Brahmaputra river, barely a kilometre away from where the killing happened
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee indicated the killings were an outcome of the citizenship screening exercise in the northeastern state.(HT File Photo)
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee indicated the killings were an outcome of the citizenship screening exercise in the northeastern state.(HT File Photo)

Trinamool takes to streets in protest, Twitter DPs go black to condemn killing of 5 in Assam

Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2018 01:56 PM IST
The ruling Trinamool Congress will hold a series of protest rallies across West Bengal on Friday against the killing of five youth by suspected ULFA militants in Assam’s Tinsukia district.
Police officials at a blast site in Dibrugarh in Assam. The state is affected by numerous militant groups. (PTI photo)(PTI File Photo/Representative image)
Police officials at a blast site in Dibrugarh in Assam. The state is affected by numerous militant groups. (PTI photo)(PTI File Photo/Representative image)

Police blame ULFA(I) for killings of 5 men in Assam’s Tinsukia, outfit denies role

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Sadiq Naqvi
UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2018 11:37 PM IST
Six gunmen shot dead the five men in Kherabari village in Dhola in Tinsukia on Thursday evening.
The All Assam Bengali Youth Students Federation has called a 12-hour shutdown in Assam’s Tinsukia.(ANI/Twitter)
The All Assam Bengali Youth Students Federation has called a 12-hour shutdown in Assam’s Tinsukia.(ANI/Twitter)

Assam student’s body calls for 12-hour shutdown over murder of 5 youth by ULFA (I)

New Delhi | By Agencies
PUBLISHED ON NOV 02, 2018 10:50 AM IST
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has demanded punishment to those behind the killings of five people in Assam’s Tinsukia on Thursday.
Police sources said all the five victims were Bengali speaking Hindus. The incident comes amidst protest by indigenous groups against the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.(PTI FiLE PHOTO)
Police sources said all the five victims were Bengali speaking Hindus. The incident comes amidst protest by indigenous groups against the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.(PTI FiLE PHOTO)

Suspected ULFA(I) militants gun down five in Assam, Mamata hints at NRC fallout

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Sadiq Naqvi
UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2018 07:36 AM IST
Mukesh Agarwal, additional director general of police, said the five were from the same village. He said the gunmen were yet to be identified.
The court martial process began on July 16 this year and concluded on July 27.(PTI File Photo)
The court martial process began on July 16 this year and concluded on July 27.(PTI File Photo)

Assam fake encounter case: Major General among 7 given life sentence by Army court

Indo Asian News Service | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON OCT 14, 2018 09:33 PM IST
Nine youths were picked up by the Army from different areas of Tinsukia district on February 18, 1994 on suspicion that they were involved in the killing of a top tea garden executive. The soldiers killed five of the youths in a fake encounter, branding them as ULFA militants a few days after the incident, while releasing the other four.
Asom Andolan Sangrami Satirtha Manch Coordinator Prafulla Kumar Mahanta addresses a press conference to oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016, in Guwahati on June 2.(PTI Photo)
Asom Andolan Sangrami Satirtha Manch Coordinator Prafulla Kumar Mahanta addresses a press conference to oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016, in Guwahati on June 2.(PTI Photo)

Commission that held former Assam CM responsible for secret killings illegal: HC

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Sadiq Naqvi
UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2018 11:49 PM IST
The KN Saikia Commission, set up by the Congress government headed by Tarun Gogoi in 2005 to probe a series of killings between 1998 and 2001, had indicted the then chief minister Prafulla Mahanta who also had the home portfolio.
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