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GUWAHATI: The Centre, in an affidavit before the Unlawful Activities

 (Prevention) Tribunal here, has officially submitted for the first time that the Paresh Barualed Ulfa (I) is currently based in Ruili in Yunnan Province of China from where it is carrying out its anti-India activities .

For years, only the Ulfa (I) leader was beleived to be in Ruili situated in southern part of China on the border with Myanmar

 while the group’s operational base and training camps

 of cadres were known to be based in Sagaing division of Myanmar adjacent to the bodrer with India.

In a separate affidavit in the same tribunal, the state government has submitted that as a result of the Myanmar army’s operations against Indian insurgent camps in Taka

 from January 28, 2019, the “Lungmark, Taka and Nilgiri camps of Ulfa (I) suffered a big jolt. Several cadre also deserted the outfit.” The state government has submitted a list of eight locations in the Sagaing division where Ulfa (I) has set up its operational camps with help of NSCN(K).

The tribunal here has also been informed by the Assam government that Ulfa (I) is planning to utilize the IT expertise of some of its new recruits for cyber-related technical work in Darknet, which is an emerging threat for law-enforcement agencies.

The submission by a representative of MHA and Assam home department were made before the tribunal headed by Justice Prasanta Kumar Deka of Gauhati High Court for adjudicating whether or not there was sufficient cause for declaring the outfit as unlawful under the UA(P) Act.

Last month, the tribunal had confirmed the MHA’s notification issued in November, 2019 extending the declaration of Ulfa (I) as unlawful association for five more years because its activities “were detrimental to the sovereignty and integrity of India.” 

MHA deputy secretary RK Pandey, in his evidence on affidavit, stated before the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Tribunal here that “the Ulfa (I) led by Paresh Barua is currently based in Ruili, Yunnan Province, China is continuing with violent activities, including extortion, recruitment and procurement of arms.”

The MHA representative also submitted in his affidavit that “Ulfa (I) used to incite ethnic violence at the time of the movement in Assam against the amendment to the Citizenship Act, 1955.”

Joint secretary of Assam home & political department Simanta Kumar Das, in his affidavit, submitted that from 2016 to 2018, there was a sudden spurt in recruitment in Ulfa (I) through Facebook and other social media. The publicity wing of Ulfa has been trying in motivate the youth.

“In 2017 and 2018, 37 youths have been found to have joined this outfit. Some of them are qualified in certain technical areas which the outfit has contemplated to utilise for cyber related technical work in Darknet,” he submitted.

While Taka is the outfit’s council mobile headquarters, its general mobile headquarters, central training centre and the UG camp are at Lungmark. The Nilgiri camp, which is the council camp, is at Naimung Basti.

The UG camp is the place where the outfit’s arms, ammunition and explosives are kept concealed.

The outfit’s “eastern command” headquarters is located at Hayat Basti in Myanmar adjacent to Mon district of Nagaland. The Arakan Camp, also known as Brigade Camp, and the Operation Camp are at Papung Naga Basti where act groups are stationed for striking in Assam.

According to the MHA submission, “The outfit continues to indulge in anti-India propaganda to influence public opinion by boycotting general elections holding it to be a flawed democratic process and has been trying to bring all insurgent groups under a common platform to fight against India.”

The state government has also submitted that a new organisation under name and style “ANMMMTA” was formed formally on August 19, 2018 in Golaghat. “ANMMMTA”, which stands for Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram, Manipur, Meghalaya, Tripura and Assam, has been formed to cause mass mobilization against the lawfully established government by adopting various democratic movements, mobilization through electronic and print media, social media recruitments for extremist activities and funds collection. Baruah monitors all the developments at the political front through “ANMMMTA”.

“All instructions come through Facebook account of Ulfa(I) operated by Arunodoi Dohotiya,” the affidavit said.

The state government has also submitted that the outfit has procured huge quantity of arms, ammunition and explosives from international arms smugglers and by snatching from security personnel. “Paresh Barua, C-in-C ULFA(I) is instrumental in procuring arms and explosive consignments with help of Meitei militant outfits and other ethnic militant groups in Myanmar,” it said.

The state representative submitted that the arms are transported through the Chindwin river of Myanmar that runs parallel to the Indo-Myanmar border from north to south and then kept in the UG camp.

Courtesy – TimesOfIndia

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