GUWAHATI, June 8 � A number of hardcore militants belonging to the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) have sent feelers to the police and security forces to express their desire to come over ground following the arrests of the top leaders of the outfit.
Security sources said that a number of militants are already in touch with the police and security forces. Some vital information regarding the strength of the outfit in the bases of the 28th battalion in Myanmar have also been divulged by them. Sources said that a number of cadres of the outfit are frustrated and given a chance they would like to come overground.
Sources revealed that the council headquarters of the ULFA in Myanmar is headed by senior leader Jiban Moran, while, another camp is headed by Prakash Baruah, while, the headquarter of the 28th battalion located near the NSCN (K) camp is headed by Bijoy Das alias Bijoy Chinese. The total strength of the ULFA cadres in Myanmar would be around 100 or so.
Those who are in touch with the security forces revealed that they were lured to join the outfit because they were feeling frustrated due to unemployment. They were told that the gun would give them the power and authority in their villages and they would be taken to a foreign country for training from where they would be able to come back to fight for Independent Assam. They were taken to Myanmar for training for three months, but now they are feeling frustrated as they have realized that independent Assam was an impossible dream.
The ULFA members in touch with the forces said that the behaviour of the senior leaders towards the lower level cadres is one of the reasons for their desire to come overground. The senior leaders are given different accommodations along with the camps and though complaints of ill treatment was lodged against several senior leaders, no action was taken against them. A number of cadres are suffering from malaria and other diseases, but they are not getting treatment because of shortage of medicines and they are also not allowed to return home for treatment, sources added. The arrests of senior leaders also caused frustration among the lower level cadres of the ULFA, sources said.