TEZPUR, July 26 � A hardcore ULFA cadre of Paresh Baruah faction, Rittik Hazarika @ Rajib Lahon was apprehended in a joint operation by 44 Assam Rifles and Sonitpur Police at Gingia near Behali under Gingia Police outpost of Biswanath subdivision in Sonitpur district at around 4 am today.
One 9mm pistol along with two magazines and two mobile phones have been recovered from his possession. Rittik, son of Suren Hazarika of Bam Beseria of Tezpur who belonged to a very poor family, joined ULFA in 1991 and he was in charge of political wing for the North bank. �As per our input the ULFA cadre entered Sonitpur district a couple of days back with a view to mobilising the people particularly on the northern part of the district for strengthening the Paresh Baruah faction of the outfit through new recruitments�, Sonitpur SP, AP Tiwary said.
Replying to a query on any ULFA threat just before Independence Day and Martyrs day of the organization, Tewary stated that security has been beefed up and a vigorous operation has been conducted for the last few days in the district so that no incident takes place.