TURA, Sept 9 � Assam-based militant outfit ULFA is reportedly making attempts to set up bases inside remote Garo Hills villages and jungles as was evident from Tuesday morning�s encounter with police commandos that led to the confiscation of several arms and ammunition from the rebels.
Garo Hills police commandos seized a considerable number of small arms and ammunition besides other equipment from ULFA militants following a heavy exchange of fire in a remote jungle area of East Garo Hills district on Tuesday morning. The militants, numbering six and heavily armed, managed to escape.
Acting on intelligence reports, police commandos from the Special Operations Team (SOT) unit of the State police, raided Danak Dasik village deep inside Songsak area to flush out the militants who had been moving in and around the area for the past few days.
The ULFA team was reportedly led by �senior commander� Gulit Das of the outfit�s 9th battalion.
As soon as the police teams zeroed in on the village, ULFA militants, perched on high ground, opened fire leading to a heavy exchange of fire. The superior fire power of the police forced the militants to retreat, leaving behind weapons and other items that they had carried with them.
Police recovered a laptop, solar plates for charging batteries, two sets of wireless handsets, a large amount of medium machine gun (MMG) ammunition with a box and chain, three China-made pistols with ammunition, demand notes, clothes and Assamese literature.
Police teams have since been in hot pursuit of the fleeing militants who were last spotted to be heading towards the Resubelpara-Assam border, sources informed.