Banned insurgent group, United Liberation Front of Assam (Ulfa), has presently a strength of 400 cadres most of whom have taken shelter in Myanmar, said a chargesheet filed by the National Investigation Agency against the outfit. The chargesheet, filed to initiate extradition proceedings against the outfit’s chairman Dr Mukul Hazarika from the UK, also states that Ulfa is engaged in a ‘massive recruitment drive in the rural areas of Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Sivasagar, Lakhimpur and Nalbari districts of Assam.’
The NIA has gathered strong evidence against Ulfa leaders, including Mukul Hazarika alias Abhijit Asom, who regularly travelled to camps in Myanmar from London. The evidence was gathered by questioning several cadres who have seen Hazarika and identifying him through the pictures and technical evidence collected from the US on the activities of its ‘commander-in-chief ‘ Paresh Baruah.
Sources said as soon as the chargesheet is taken into account by the court, a non-bailable warrant would be issued against Hazarika and Interpol would be approached for issuing a red corner notice against him before a formal extradition request is sent to the UK authorities. ‘We plan to complete all these activities in the next six months and hope to bring Hazarika to India soon,’ said a source in NIA.