GUWAHATI: In view of the Independence Day celebration on August 15, the security forces in Assam have beefed up their measures to ensure the safety and security of the public in the run-up to the event.
Averting, what can be termed as a potential major attack, the Digboi police and the Indian Army recovered a substantial quantity of explosives in Central Mamarani village, Tinsukia district, while the Karbi Anglong Police and the CRPF arrested two cadres of the newly formed militant outfit, United Peoples Front of Karbi Longri (UPFKL) in the Manja locality of Karbi Anglong district.
The police informed that the recovered explosives include 8 kg of PEK, 33 detonators, 1 power pack, and 6 batteries. Linking the recovered explosives to proscribed United Liberation Front of Assam-Independent (ULFA-I), the police also arrested three persons – Juman Bora from Jorhat, Tutu Bora and Sashankar Rajkhowa from Kordaiguri – in connection with the recovery.
Meanwhile, two cadres of the newly formed militant outfit UPFKL were arrested after Karbi Anglong police and CRFP personnel intercepted a four-wheeler in the Manja locality on the night of July 29. The arrested persons have been identified as Rajesh Phangso (33) and Sanjay Engti (32), both residents of West Karbi Anglong,
The police also recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunitions from the car including a 9mm pistol with a magazine and four rounds of live 9mm ammunition, a .22 pistol with a magazine and five rounds of live .22mm ammunition, as well as three hand grenades and two detonators.
During intense police interrogation, it was disclosed that Sanjay held a pivotal role as the C-N-C (Commander-in-Chief) of the newly established extremist group, UPFKL. A case has been registered at the Manja Police Station, and authorities are continuing their investigation to apprehend other members of the organization and uncover any potential links or activities.