GUWAHATI, August 11: With Independence Day approaching, the United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent) is trying to whip up anti-India sentiments by using the cyber space, even as the Assam Police has achieved a major success in foiling such a bid where the militant outfit tried to upload an anti-national video on the social media. Meanwhile, police and security forces are kept on high alert to thwart any such attempt by the ultras to indulge in acts of violence in the run-up to the Independence Day celebrations.
Highly placed police sources told The Assam Tribune that the attempts of the militants to use the cyber space to whip up anti-India sentiments is a matter of concern and efforts are on by the police and security forces to check such attempts by keeping a close watch on the social media. Sources said the ULFA(I) recently hatched a plan to upload an anti-India video on the social media to show the country in poor light. Four boys were seen burning down two National Flags and hoisting a flag of the ULFA(I) in the video recorded in a place near the Dhemaji-Arunachal Pradesh boundary. But based on an input, police managed to apprehend the boys and seized the flags of the militant outfit along with some incriminating documents. Two other boys from Dibrugarh were also arrested in this connection. “It was a major success for the Assam Police as uploading of such a video could have boosted the morale of the outfit,” sources said.
There have also been reports of movement of small groups of militants in the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh and Assam-Nagaland border areas and security forces have been put on alert to prevent them from sneaking into the State. A few of the militants, who are in the neighbouring States, are also trying to contact the police and have sent feelers expressing their desire to surrender.
On the other hand, a hardcore militant, Biren Chutia alias Rantu Asom, was apprehended with a grenade today.
Sources said that though the militants have their backs to the wall following operations by the Myanmar Army, they are desperate to make their presence felt with acts of violence. The militants also do not need to send in large teams of members to indulge in acts of violence. Only one militant can lob a grenade as was the case in Guwahati recently where one ULFA(I) member carried out the operation being assisted by sympathizers. That is why the police and security forces are keeping a close watch on the persons who are suspected to be working as overground workers or sympathizers of the ULFA(I).
Meanwhile, movement of members of the NSCN(I-M) through Assam has also become a cause of concern and in the last five months, at least 20 members of the outfit were arrested in the State. That gave rise to suspicion that members of the outfit might be using Assam as a transit corridor. It may be mentioned here that the ceasefire agreement with the NSCN(I-M) is applicable only in Nagaland and action against the members of the outfit can be taken in other States. (Courtesy: AT)