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ULFA and GNLA operating in tandem

By Raju Das

SHILLONG, July 30 � The ULFA still exploits the hostile terrain of Garo Hills, with the aid of Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), to slip in and out of the country from Bangladesh after indulging in hit and run operations.

Precisely, under this tactic, Dristi Rajkhowa and his group which operates from the Garo Hills region may no longer be there and must have slipped out of the country to avoid a hot pursuit from security forces, intelligence sources said. Rajkhowa is said to be the mastermind of the recent grenade attack in Paltan Bazaar, Guwahati.

The Border Security Force (BSF), which is requisitioned by the State Government for counter-insurgency operations, and has a lot of intelligence input on the insurgents, said that it is an established fact that ULFA and the GNLA are hand in glove and are operating from Garo Hills.

However, the border guards are uncertain about the whereabouts of Rajkhowa and his men, owing to their fluid movement. �Rajkhowa might have slipped out of the country once again thanks to the terrain which provides cover for such escape and the border with Bangladesh that remains unfenced in several patches,� the intelligence source said.

Meanwhile, Outgoing BSF Inspector General of Meghalaya Frontier Sudesh Kumar said, the terrain in Garo Hills is extremely hostile and one-third of the border needs to be fenced. �There is a stretch of 88 kilometer in Meghalaya sector that still needs to be fenced. The Meghalaya State government is yet to acquire land for the fencing work in these areas along Bangladesh,� Kumar said.

He said that the BSF�s role in counter-insurgency operations have reduced over time in Meghalaya. �There are just three companies of the BSF involved in counter-insurgency operations,� he added.

Kumar added that the ULFA has been providing arms and training to the GNLA. �On the other hand the GNLA is helping the ULFA with logistics support,� the outgoing frontier chief said.

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ULFA and GNLA operating in tandem

SHILLONG, July 30 � The ULFA still exploits the hostile terrain of Garo Hills, with the aid of Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), to slip in and out of the country from Bangladesh after indulging in hit and run operations.

Precisely, under this tactic, Dristi Rajkhowa and his group which operates from the Garo Hills region may no longer be there and must have slipped out of the country to avoid a hot pursuit from security forces, intelligence sources said. Rajkhowa is said to be the mastermind of the recent grenade attack in Paltan Bazaar, Guwahati.

The Border Security Force (BSF), which is requisitioned by the State Government for counter-insurgency operations, and has a lot of intelligence input on the insurgents, said that it is an established fact that ULFA and the GNLA are hand in glove and are operating from Garo Hills.

However, the border guards are uncertain about the whereabouts of Rajkhowa and his men, owing to their fluid movement. �Rajkhowa might have slipped out of the country once again thanks to the terrain which provides cover for such escape and the border with Bangladesh that remains unfenced in several patches,� the intelligence source said.

Meanwhile, Outgoing BSF Inspector General of Meghalaya Frontier Sudesh Kumar said, the terrain in Garo Hills is extremely hostile and one-third of the border needs to be fenced. �There is a stretch of 88 kilometer in Meghalaya sector that still needs to be fenced. The Meghalaya State government is yet to acquire land for the fencing work in these areas along Bangladesh,� Kumar said.

He said that the BSF�s role in counter-insurgency operations have reduced over time in Meghalaya. �There are just three companies of the BSF involved in counter-insurgency operations,� he added.

Kumar added that the ULFA has been providing arms and training to the GNLA. �On the other hand the GNLA is helping the ULFA with logistics support,� the outgoing frontier chief said.

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