ULFA, NSCN(K) planning attacks: Reports

With heightened insurgent activity in the North-east, Indian security forces are gearing for a major attack between the New Year and Republic Day.

Several intelligence reports speak of increased activity by ULFA/I and its collaboration with other groups like the NSCN (Khaplang).

A military intelligence report of December 26 says that ULFA/I and NSCN (Khaplang) have jointly panned an ambush for the New Year. Weapons are being provided by a "senior insurgent called Dutta" and the "fighters" are likely to infiltrate from Lunglawng to Pangsau Pass and then, to Jairampur and Jagun.

A SIB report from Guwahati of December 22 says that ULFA is readying to target government installations and ambush security forces around the New Year. Arms have already been readied and the consignment named "College Girls" comprising grenades, IEDs, automatic rifles is coming in two or three batches.

About 15 cadres left for Arakan on December 20 and have reached several days ago. This ambush is being coordinated by Arunodoy Dohitiya and Nayan Medhi, both senior ULFA leaders. Dohotiya has already discussed the plan with Paresh Barua who has approved it.

Another intelligence report speaks of ULFA/I arranging for 25 pairs of warm tracksuits and shoes.

This input is significant because of Republic Day, a coming global summit and the Assam Sahitya Sabha. The targets are securitymen on duty, VIPs when they are moving around and the pockets of Hindi speaking people, sources tell Times Now.

There could be explosions at busy thoroughfares to "send ominous signals" to the government. NHPC and North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO) sites are also being targeted.

There are also long-term worries. ULFA/I leaders have found a location near the Namdhapa national park in Changling of Arunachal Pradesh for setting up a transit camp. About 70 cadres will be able to live here. ULFA supremo Paresh Barua has entrusted senior leader Bhaskar Bora with the job keeping in mind his good relations with the NSCN.

The report says that once the camp is ready, parts of Assam close to south-east Arunachal Pradesh will witness a rise in violence.

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