Guwahati: Two more teenagers from Assam have reportedly joined the separatist outfit United Liberation Front of Asom – Independent (ULFA-I).
The two youths had been missing since December 4 and have identified as 17-year- old Rituraj Moran and 16-year-old Mantu Moran. The duo hails from the Nalani village under the Pengeri police station of Tinsukia district of Assam.
The incident has been reported just two days after two youths from Gohpur area bordering Arunachal Pradesh were arrested by the police in Golaghat district while they were on their way to join ULFA-I. Both these students were on their way to Mon Town of Nagaland from Guwahati, from where they were supposed to be taken to a training camp of the banned outfit bordering Myanmar.
Several such incidents of youths gravitating towards the banned outfit have come to the fore in the past few months, the most recent one being that of Abhijit Gogoi, a resident of Assam’s Moran town. Gogoi was working as a software engineer in Bengaluru.
Similarly, a female kickboxer had joined the Paresh Baruah-led faction of ULFA-I in Tinsukia district of Assam in May this year just a few days before her tournament in Nepal. Although there are no official figures available to ascertain the exact number of youths who have joined the outfit, but most of these youths hail from the upper districts of Assam such as Tinsukia and Dibrugarh.