Tuesday, May 27, 2008

ULFA recruiting Bangladeshis

SHILLONG – The recruitment of Bangladeshi nationals by the outlawed ULFA came to light today with the BSF arresting an ultra, a native of the neighbouring country, from Meghalaya, reports PTI. Troops of the BSF’s 35 Battalion nabbed Parameshwar Chandra Kotch near the Chandabui outpost in Meghalaya’s West Garo hills district today.

A resident of Sherpur district in Bangladesh, Kotch has been working for the ULFA since 2001 under the direct guidance of ULFA leader Ranju Chowdhury at the Baragajni camp of the group in Bangladesh, the BSF quoted Kotch as saying during investigation.

Kotch said he used to collect information for the ULFA from the Indo-Bangla border areas.

The BSF claims that Kotch was instrumental in recruiting youths of Meghalaya and Assam into the outfit.

He has ferried youths in groups of three-four at least 15-20 times from Assam and Meghalaya to the rebel camps of Bangladesh, he said during investigation.

The arrest comes in the backdrop of India pressing on the neighbouring country to dismantle the ULFA camps working in its territory and flush out the militants. Dhaka has been denying about the presence of Indian militants in its territory.


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