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Division in ULFA comes to fore

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GUWAHATI, Jan 22 � The security agencies are apprehensive of the sudden activities of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) commander-in-chief Paresh Barua and according to intelligence inputs, the ULFA leader has also instructed his loyalists to go for fresh recruitments.

Highly placed security sources told The Assam Tribune that Barua kept a low profile for some time but he has become active after news about preparations by the pro-talk group among the ULFA leaders for holding a meeting of the Central committee of the outfit started appearing in media. Sources pointed out that from the statements of the ULFA C-in-C, the division in the ranks of the outfit on the issue of talks has come out in the open.

Sources said that by releasing a photo of him along with his armed supporters, Paresh Barua tried to prove his strength, but at the same time, it was a �tactical mistake� on his part. The security forces did not have Barua�s latest photograph and the faces of most of his supporters were not known to the forces. But after the release of the photo, the faces of some of the hardcore militants including that of Bijoy Chinese are now known to the forces, sources pointed out.

Commenting on the strength of the faction headed by Paresh Barua, sources pointed out that more than 80 persons with sophisticated weapons were with the ULFA leader in the photo released to the media recently, while majority of the ULFA cadres in the camps in Myanmar are still with Barua. There are fence sitters among the ULFA members who may change their loyalty at any given moment and it is an established fact that fresh recruitments, though in small numbers, are still going on. Under the present circumstances, the strength of the anti-talk group of the ULFA cannot be undermined, sources said.

Sources, however, said that though the ULFA leaders who are favouring talks, were not operationally very active for some time, they have hold over the cadres and a good number of cadres including those belonging to the 709, 109 and 27 battalions of the outfit have come forward in support of the peace talks.

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Division in ULFA comes to fore

GUWAHATI, Jan 22 � The security agencies are apprehensive of the sudden activities of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) commander-in-chief Paresh Barua and according to intelligence inputs, the ULFA leader has also instructed his loyalists to go for fresh recruitments.

Highly placed security sources told The Assam Tribune that Barua kept a low profile for some time but he has become active after news about preparations by the pro-talk group among the ULFA leaders for holding a meeting of the Central committee of the outfit started appearing in media. Sources pointed out that from the statements of the ULFA C-in-C, the division in the ranks of the outfit on the issue of talks has come out in the open.

Sources said that by releasing a photo of him along with his armed supporters, Paresh Barua tried to prove his strength, but at the same time, it was a �tactical mistake� on his part. The security forces did not have Barua�s latest photograph and the faces of most of his supporters were not known to the forces. But after the release of the photo, the faces of some of the hardcore militants including that of Bijoy Chinese are now known to the forces, sources pointed out.

Commenting on the strength of the faction headed by Paresh Barua, sources pointed out that more than 80 persons with sophisticated weapons were with the ULFA leader in the photo released to the media recently, while majority of the ULFA cadres in the camps in Myanmar are still with Barua. There are fence sitters among the ULFA members who may change their loyalty at any given moment and it is an established fact that fresh recruitments, though in small numbers, are still going on. Under the present circumstances, the strength of the anti-talk group of the ULFA cannot be undermined, sources said.

Sources, however, said that though the ULFA leaders who are favouring talks, were not operationally very active for some time, they have hold over the cadres and a good number of cadres including those belonging to the 709, 109 and 27 battalions of the outfit have come forward in support of the peace talks.

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