The arrested rebel of ULFA-I along with the seized items

Tinsukia: The state police in a joint operation with the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) arrested a militant of ULFA (Independent) in Assam’s Tinsukia district on Tuesday, averting a major incident on Vijaya Dashami, which marks the end of Durga Puja.

The arrested rebel has been identified as Sabdo Asom alias Jonki Borah, a self-styled sergeant of the banned insurgent group. He was reportedly tasked to target vital installations and security forces, from Tarani under Pengeree police station in Tinsukia district.

Security forces recovered 12 kg of TNT explosives in three packets besides other materials used in making IED bombs from Borah.

Speaking with EastMojo, Tinsukia SP Shiladitya Chetia said that based on a specific input of ULFA (I) targeting security forces and vital installations in current festive season, a joint operation led by Tinsukia police with 23 Punjab battalion and 21 PARA (special forces) of the Army, 210 Cobra battalion and 68 battalion of the CRPF was launched. “Multiple check posts were operated within Tarani,” he said.

“On Tuesday afternoon, security forces noticed a suspicious movement of an individual with backpack near Chikarajan area,” said Chetia, adding that on seeing the security forces, the suspected person tried to flee, but was chased and apprehended.

Chetia said, “During interrogation, the suspect, who identified himself as a cadre of ULFA (I), revealed that he was tasked to target security forces and vital installations through bomb blasts on an immediate basis.”

“Security forces recovered 12 kg explosive powder in three packets, two electric detonators, two IED circuits, three battery sets of 9.6 V (6 battery each), one remote control with 9 V Sony brand battery, one insulation tape (red colour), among others,” Chetia added.

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