The ULFA-I members have been identified as Manas Jyoti Padmavat alias Bastab Jyoti Asom (26) and Chow Lakhi Longno alias Rubul Asom (30) Credit: EastMojo image

Tinsukia: Two ULFA (Independent) rebels, believed to be involved in the bomb blast at Teokghat in Assam’s Charaideo on Republic Day, has been nabbed by a joint team of the police and the Army from the district on Tuesday, two days after the blast took place.

The arrested militants have been identified as Manas Jyoti Padmavat alias Bastab Jyoti Asom (26), who joined the banned insurgent outfit in 2009, and Chow Lakhi Longno @ Rubul Asom (30), who joined ULFA-I in 2017.

Some of the weapons recovered from the arrested rebels

According to highly-placed sources, based on a reliable input on movement of ULFA-I rebels at an undisclosed location, a joint team of police and army launched an operation and nabbed two cadres on Tuesday.

“The cadres were taken to the Sapekhati COB of the army for interrogation,” sources said, adding: “Security forces recovered one 5.56mm AR HK33 with 33 live rounds and 2 magazines from possession of Padmavat while the other rebel was reportedly unarmed.”

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Speaking with EastMojo, Charaideo SP Anand Mishra said, “It is suspected that the duo are part of a six-member ‘crack-gang’ of ‘Arohan’ of ULFA-I and were recently seen hovering the inter-state border of Assam-Arunachal Pradesh-Nagaland in the last few days before the blast took place.”

“We had inputs on their involvement in the recent blasts and had apprehended them on January 28,” Mishra said, adding, “We shall arrest the duo immediately after the Army hands them over to us and produce before the court and demand maximum police custody of 28 days.”

However, according to rules, any person or militant cannot be kept under detention by any agency for more than 24 hours. He has to be produced before court otherwise it can lead to a case of illegal detention.

Refusing to share further details, Mishra said, the operations are on the nab other members of the group. “We cannot share more details as operations are underway and the group may also be behind Dibrugarh blasts,” he said.

“We shall be in a position to come out with more details and unearth the case once we interrogate them,” he further said.

When contacted, a source in the army said, “The apprehension of ULFA-I members took place at Changlang district in Arunachal Pradesh. The rebels revealed about weapons hidden which took some time in recovery, hence, the delay. We are soon going to hand them over to the police as per the procedure.”

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