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ULFA, NDFB active in coal belts: DGP


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SHILLONG: Meghalaya Director General of Police (DGP), N Ramachandran on Monday said that United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) and National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) are active in coal belt areas of West Khasi Hills district of the state.

”We have received specific information that cadres of the ULFA and NDFB were spotted in the coal belts of West Khasi Hills district,” Ramachandran said.

The DGP said, with the coal trading season in the state due to start with the onset of winter, police is keeping a close vigil on the movement and activities of these militant outfits.

”We are keeping extra vigil on the coal best areas since these places are vulnerable to militant activities and incidents like kidnapping and extortion have taken place in the past,” Ramachandram said.

There were also reports that Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) was on the extortion drive from the coal traders in the district which is hub for coal traders.

Earlier, the GNLA had served extortion notes to several coal traders, petrol pump owners and other businessmen in the area, the DGP informed.

”We are aware of the movements and activities of these outfits,” the DGP said, adding that the police will not leave any rooms for any insurgents groups and criminals in the state.

Meanwhile, intelligence sources also said both ULFA and NDFB have set up their bases in West Garo Hills region of the state to facilitate movement of their cadres to Bangladesh and Assam.

”We have noticed the movements of ULFA and NDFB cadres and set up their camps in the region to facilitate movement of the cadres,” sources added.

Sources also said that GNLA operating in Garo Hills region is supporting the two outfit groups logistically and in return the former receives training for new recruits both from ULFA and NDFB. (UNI)


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