SIVASAGAR, June 17 - Maibela Army Camp, in an operation on June 14, foiled a recruitment drive by ULFA (I) in upper Assam and rescued four youths from Sivasagar district. According to sources, youths from different districts were contacted for joining the insurgent group and were to be taken to Nagaland. The rescue operation was launched jointly with Charaideo and Sivasagar Police.
Operation Rescue was launched on the night of June 13 and a house in Namsai was cordoned off where some youths were being kept for upward transit. Taking assistance of the VDP and the gaonburha, the owner was called out of the house and interrogated. The latter confirmed the presence of four youths and weapons since the past three days at his house. He also revealed that the group had been led by an individual who had left rations and weapons and informed that he would come back. The individual, however had not turned up even after passage of three days. He had also threatened the house owner of dire consequences in case he reports the matter to anyone.
Search of the house was then carried out in presence of the VDP and the gaonburha. Two rifles and rations left by the linkman were recovered. The rescued youths, aged between 15 to 18 belong to Charaideo and Jorhat districts.