An alleged recruitment racket of the United Liberation Front of Asom-Independent (ULFA-I) was busted by a team of Indian Army and Assam Police in a special operation across Dibrugarh and Charaideo districts on Monday.
Speaking to Time8, a police source said that the kingpin of the racket has been identified as SS private Baldev Teli of Dibrugarh. He was arrested with four other persons who are suspected to be Over Ground Workers (OGW) of the banned militant outfit.
As per the Indian Army officials, the apprehension of the cadres was based on a specific input. The joint teams launched a well-coordinated operation spread over Charaideo and Dibrugarh Districts. During the operation, the teams apprehended one “hardcore cadre” and four Over Ground Workers (OGWs) belonging to the proscribed group.
The apprehended persons have been identified as SS Pvt Baldev Teli, a ULFA(I) cadre and Amit Bara, Sumit Baig, Azad Gohran and Vijay all OGWs.
The apprehended persons were allegedly involved in a recruitment racket in the region and were targetting vulnerable youths.
The teams also recovered one 7.62 mm Pistol, 2 rounds of ammunition, mobile phones and SIM cards.
The team rescued a minor boy as well who was allegedly a newly recruited cadre for the outfit. The minor boy is being counselled.