1,417 ultras killed since 2001
Staff Reporter (Assam Tribune)
GUWAHATI, July 13 – As many as eight militant groups including two fundamentalist outfits are active in Assam, while, during the period from May, 2001 to June 30 this year, 8,783 militants were arrested and 1,417 were killed by the security forces. This was disclosed by the Forest Minister, Rockybul Hussain in the State Assembly today.
Hussain, who was replying to a question by Prabin Gogoi (AGP) on behalf of the Chief Minister, said that among the fundamentalist forces, the Muslim United Liberation Tigers of Assam (MULTA) has around 140 members, while, the Harkat-ul-Muzahideen (HUM) has around 42 members. Giving an account of the estimated strength of the militant groups active in the State, Hussain said that the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) has around 1100 members, KLNLF, 210 members, KRA around 35 members, HPC (D) has around 40 members, AANLA has about 45 members and DHD(J) has around 230 members.
Hussain informed the House that so far 58 ISI operatives, HuJI and HuM members have been arrested in the state, of whom seven were ISI operatives, four were members of the HUJI and the rest were members of the HUM. Seven fundamentalist elements are still in different jails of the State.
The Minister revealed that of the militant groups active in Assam, the Chiefs of the AANLA, KLNLF and the DHD(J) are in jail. The top leaders of the ULFA and NDFB are hiding in different places of Bangladesh, while, the leaders of the other militant groups are hiding in different parts of India and abroad.
Hussain said that from 2001 to June this year, 6,186 militants including 1,165 ULFA members surrendered.
On the expenses incurred in counter-insurgency operations, Hussain said that during the period from 2001-02 to 2008-09 the Government spent Rs 397,98,00,000 as security-related expenditure, which would be reimbursed by the Centre. During the same period, the State Government spent an amount of Rs 459, 45, 41,170 for keeping Central paramilitary forces in the State.
Hussain further said that at present, eight police stations and eight police outposts are functioning in NC Hills, while, 22 columns of the Army and 25 companies of Central paramilitary forces are deployed in the district.