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Assam: Ulfa’s End Game

What does a militant outfit do when it is tired, driven into hiding across the border, and without relevance or funds? Well, a few kidnappings have always been useful.

Assam: Ulfa’s End Game
Assam: Ulfa’s End Game
outlookindia.com
2021-05-07T13:58:04+05:30

A  spate of abductions by the United Liberation Front of Asom (Ulfa) within a span of three months has brought militancy back on the centrestage in Assam and raised the spectre of a possible re-run of the outfit’s violent ways. The alleged involvement of a policeman and civilians have also come as a pointer to the outfit potentially regaining mass support.

In December, the Ulfa faction led by ‘commander-in-chief’ Paresh Barua—the only group still active and carring the appendix ‘Independence’ to differentiate itself from its splinter groups—kidnapped two officials of the New Delhi-­headquartered Quippo Oil and Gas Infrastructure Limited from Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh. They were released separately after over a hundred days.

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