GUWAHATI, Jan 16 � The body of senior United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent) leader Partha Pratim Gogoi, who was killed by his colleagues yesterday, was recovered in Mon district of Nagaland today and it appeared that he was shot dead from a very close range.
Highly placed security sources told The Assam Tribune that some villagers saw the body of the ULFA leader and informed the police. The body was found in Upper Tiro village under Naginimora Police Station in Mon district. Sources said Gogoi was shot at the back of his head from a close range, apparently with a pistol.
Sources said that according to information available with the security agencies, Gogoi, along with some of his colleagues, was staying in the camps of the outfit in Mon district for some time. As assistant finance secretary of the outfit, he was not only instrumental in collection of funds, but also for the operations of the outfit in upper Assam districts. He was the man who brought senior leaders including Nayan Medhi from Majuli to Mon district following intensification of operations in the river island.
Sources revealed that about five months back, Gogoi came in touch with a senior police officer through a leader of the pro-talk group of the ULFA and after talking with the police on a number of occasions, he agreed to come overground. Gogoi also asked for some money from the Government and assured that he would bring back some other boys with him. But as he was making phone calls on these issues, the commander-in-chief of the ULFA(I), Paresh Baruah came to know about Gogoi�s move and ordered two senior members of the outfit Nayan Medhi and Adhyaman Baruah to kill Gogoi. But it is still not known who fired the shot that killed the militant leader, sources added. The possibility of the ULFA(I) taking the help of members of the NSCN (K) to eliminate Gogoi also cannot be ruled out.
Security sources further said that the ULFA (I) is using at least three camps of the NSCN (K) along the borders with Assam in Mon district and they have been carrying out their operations in Sivasagar and Jorhat districts from those camps.