Guwahati: In a major breakthrough, the troops of Indian Army in a joint operation with Assam police busted a recruitment racket of ULFA-I and rescued seven minors from six districts of Upper Assam on Tuesday.
A statement by defence PRO said, “Based on a specific intelligence input, the joint teams launched a well-coordinated and intensive operation spread over Golaghat, Jorhat, Sivasagar, Charaideo, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts of Assam. During the massive operation the teams also apprehended four cadres and six Over Ground Workers (OGWs) belonging to the proscribed group. The apprehended persons are actively involved in the recruitment racket.”
The rescued youths were counselled and reunited with their parents. They belonged to well-to-do families and were influenced and lured into joining the insurgent group through social media and online propaganda videos.
The apprehended cadres and OGW have been handed over to Assam police for further investigation.