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ULFA-I reign of terror: Extortion notices of Rs 1 crore served, recruitments shoot up

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Guwahati, Nov 23: The killing of the five Bengali speaking persons at Tinsukia district earlier this month was undertaken by the ULFA-I, investigations have found.

The ULFA-I has been involved in a spate of incidents in recent months and is trying to rake up the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill to gain an upper hand. In the process, it has managed to recruit nearly 50 youth since August this year. The fight is to regain its foothold in the Upper Assam districts.

ULFA-I reign of terror: Extortion notices of Rs 1 crore served, recruitments shoot up

The outlawed outfit has been spreading havoc in recent months has served extortion notices to several tea estate owners. The extortion notices range from Rs 25 lakh to Rs 1 crore.

Not us says ULFA-I on Assam killings

The killing of the five Bengali speaking persons was also another attempt to rake up the NRC issue and spread havoc. The DGP's statement came on day when two people were killed and several more injured in a grenade attack by suspected ULFA (Independent) terrorists in Sibsagar district of upper Assam.

On the night of November 1, a group of assailants called out six villagers of Kherbari. They then took them to the edge of Dhola-Sadiya bridge in the area and opened fire, killing five of them on spot. One of them survived the firing.

The needle of suspicion was towards the United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent) from the very beginning but the organisation denied any role in the killing.

"Preliminary investigations conducted by police and NIA into the killings have already started. We have all the information how the incident took place. We have sufficient technical evidence about a six-member team of the ULFA(I) being behind the Tinsukia firing incident," DGP Saikia told reporters on the sidelines of a meeting.

Assam: 5 people killed by ULFA in Tinsukia district

The Assam police in co-ordination with neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland police is jointly investigating the case for the past three days, he said.

On ULFA(I)'s denial about its involvement, DGP Saikia said, "We have not given any importance to that though ULFA(I) had issued a clarification after the incident."

Saikia said ULFA-I is active in recruiting youths in upper Assam and that was proved with two incidents of abduction of a stone quarry manager and tea garden manager at Jagun and Charaideo, respectively, this week.

A senior Assam Police officer recently said growing public sentiment against the Centre's move to amend the Citizenship Act has given a "fresh lease of life" to the outlawed ULFA, which has recruited eight young men since September.

Assam govt announces Rs 5 lakh compensation to families of those killed by ULFA terrorists

However, senior Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Wednesday sought to underplay this, saying there was nothing new in youngsters from the state joining the proscribed outfit.

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