Police up the ante as Ulfa-I’s Facebook page gains traction


GUWAHATI, JUNE 17: In less than 20 hours since the anti-talks Ulfa (I) created a Facebook page, it has received hundreds of Likes and overwhelming support. A few citizens have also shared their mobile numbers on the page, expressing their desire to join the outfit.
With this, Ulfa (I) became the latest in a line of militant outfits that have tapped into social media to spread their message and attract recruits.
As the use of the social media platform as a potential recruitment tool realizes their worst fears, Assam Police have swung into action. “We have registered a case against the outfit,” Additional Director General of Assam Police (Special Branch) Pallab Bhattacharya said. “We are moving cautiously and waiting to see what information comes our way. We have seen some youths have provided details of their thereabouts and expressed interest in joining the outfit,” he added.
In keeping with the modus operandi of militant outfits on social media, on Saturday, Ulfa (I) posted a video of a tea garden employee they had abducted from Tinsukia district on June 8 for being a BJP “informer”. The man, Gopal Upadhyaya, can be seen saying, “I was promised a bonus over and above my salary if I provided information about the movement of Ulfa and NSCN (K) cadres. I have been doing this to keep my job. They have employed several other such informants. I plead with the MLA to rescue me.” ADGP Bhattacharya said, “It seems Gopal was tutored to say this.”
Another video the outfit has posted show a few armed cadres of the outfit talking among themselves about how they lured police into a trap at Bordumsa in Tinsukia district. On May 5, a young police Sub-Inspector Bhaskar Kalita was killed in the attack. In the video, a cadre fires a few shots in the air from an AK series rifle which, he says, was snatched from police. (TNN)