Assam has 9 ultra groups with 2000 members

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Guwahati, Mar 31: Assam has 2115 militant cadres of nine militant groups active in the state.

The detaileds of these nine militant groups was submitted in the Assam Assembly by the State Forest Minister Rakibull Hussein on behalf of the State Home Minister.

Amongst the nine militant groups, the largest one is the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) with 1200 cadres. Karbi Longri North Cachar Hills Liberation Front (KLNLF) was placed second with cadre strength of 250, while the dreaded Dima Halao Daogah (DHD) was placed third with strength of 200 cadres.

The ULFA despite the cadre strength have been using easier bombing strategy while both the DHD and KLNLF are notorious in going for ambush.

The list has also placed the Muslim United Liberation Front of Asom (MULTA) below DHD with 150 numbers of cadres. Although the MULTA's activities have been limited to the Msulim dominated lower Assam but the intelligence is more concerned about them because of their suspected link with the Pakistan's ISI agents through the porous Bangladesh border.

Then there is the All Adivasi National Liberation Army(AANLA), which has shot to fame recently after the clash of the Adivasis and non-tribals have been reported from various parts of Assam. Their strategy is to use the democratic organization as cover to spread their activities.

There are also smaller groups of Harkat Ul Mujahideen (HUM), Hmar Peoples Convention(HPC) and United Liberation Front of Barak Valley(ULFBV). However, most of these groups are dormant and their activities are basically confined to extortions only.

The assembly was also informed that in the last year, 1647 militants were arrested and 108 of them were killed. The figure only reconfirms that supply line of the cadres for these groups remain intact despite all the counter insurgency operation.

Of the killed, 998 are from the ULFA alone, while 89 militants belonged to the NSCN(K).


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