Based on preliminary inputs by higher headquarters regarding presence of suspected over ground workers (OGW) Assam Rifles have apprehended four over ground workers (OGWs) of the United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent)- ULFA (I) during an operation in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh, a defence release said today.
During the operation cordoned and searched the suspected area where four over ground workers (OGW) of ULFA (I) were apprehended. They were identified as: Pradeep Barua (31), Rupam Rajvanshi (27), Munna Shah (20) and Diganta Gogoi (27), all residents of Tinsukia district in Assam. They were found with one .22 pistol.
During the on spot interrogation, the group confessed to supplying weapons from Dimapur (Nagaland) to Sadiya/Kakopathar (in eastern Assam) and were previously involved in looting, smuggling and extortion of local populace. The apprehended were being handed over to Margherita Police Station and FIR was lodged, the release said.
This Operation is part of the ongoing crack down by security forces on the terrorist organisations active in south Arunanhal Pradesh wherein there have been several apprehensions and the underground cadres have been neutralized in past few weeks.