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MHA alerts State over terror threat

By R Dutta Choudhury
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GUWAHATI, March 25 � The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has alerted the Assam Government of possible attacks by members of the hardline faction of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) in the run up to the foundation day of the outfit on April 7.

Meanwhile, leaders of the hardline faction of the ULFA have started using satellite phones marketed by an Indonesia based company, which makes it difficult for the security agencies to trace the location of the callers.

Highly placed official sources told The Assam Tribune that the intelligence inputs indicated efforts by the ULFA faction to indulge in acts of violence before the foundation day of the outfit to make its presence felt. At least a hundred new recruits of the outfit have completed training in the mobile military headquarter of the outfit in Myanmar and some of them would be sent to Assam shortly to carry out acts of violence.

Sources said that the possibility of the ULFA seeking the help of other militant groups of the region to carry out operations cannot be ruled out as in the past also such efforts were made by the outfit.

The security agencies recently managed to intercept some of the messages of the leaders of the ULFA to its cadres and the cadres have been asked to avoid human casualty as far as possible while launching operations. They have also been instructed that no �local person� should be harmed in the operations, sources added.

The ULFA has also decided to attack persons suspected to be informers of the police and security forces and recently, one ULFA member killed his own uncle suspecting him to be an informer.

On the other hand, the top leaders of the ULFA have now started using satellite phones marketed by ACeS, an Indonesia based company and according to inputs available, the hard line faction of the outfit now has at least 10 such phones. Leader of the ULFA faction, Paresh Baruah is using more than one such phone.

The satellite phones marketed by ACeS have duel SIM facility and GSM networks of several countries including Singapore, Hong Kong, Philippines etc can also be used in the phones. Whenever GSM network is available, the GSM SIMs of those countries can be used to make calls and from places where no GSM network is available, the satellite phone cards can be used. That is why it is difficult for the security agencies to trace the location of the callers, sources added.

The security agencies recently managed to pinpoint the location of the house in Yunan where Paresh Baruah normally stays. But he is now believed to be in the headquarter of the ULFA in the Taga area of Myanmar.

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MHA alerts State over terror threat

GUWAHATI, March 25 � The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has alerted the Assam Government of possible attacks by members of the hardline faction of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) in the run up to the foundation day of the outfit on April 7.

Meanwhile, leaders of the hardline faction of the ULFA have started using satellite phones marketed by an Indonesia based company, which makes it difficult for the security agencies to trace the location of the callers.

Highly placed official sources told The Assam Tribune that the intelligence inputs indicated efforts by the ULFA faction to indulge in acts of violence before the foundation day of the outfit to make its presence felt. At least a hundred new recruits of the outfit have completed training in the mobile military headquarter of the outfit in Myanmar and some of them would be sent to Assam shortly to carry out acts of violence.

Sources said that the possibility of the ULFA seeking the help of other militant groups of the region to carry out operations cannot be ruled out as in the past also such efforts were made by the outfit.

The security agencies recently managed to intercept some of the messages of the leaders of the ULFA to its cadres and the cadres have been asked to avoid human casualty as far as possible while launching operations. They have also been instructed that no �local person� should be harmed in the operations, sources added.

The ULFA has also decided to attack persons suspected to be informers of the police and security forces and recently, one ULFA member killed his own uncle suspecting him to be an informer.

On the other hand, the top leaders of the ULFA have now started using satellite phones marketed by ACeS, an Indonesia based company and according to inputs available, the hard line faction of the outfit now has at least 10 such phones. Leader of the ULFA faction, Paresh Baruah is using more than one such phone.

The satellite phones marketed by ACeS have duel SIM facility and GSM networks of several countries including Singapore, Hong Kong, Philippines etc can also be used in the phones. Whenever GSM network is available, the GSM SIMs of those countries can be used to make calls and from places where no GSM network is available, the satellite phone cards can be used. That is why it is difficult for the security agencies to trace the location of the callers, sources added.

The security agencies recently managed to pinpoint the location of the house in Yunan where Paresh Baruah normally stays. But he is now believed to be in the headquarter of the ULFA in the Taga area of Myanmar.

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