Army Claims Ulfa Links With Kashmir

2 June 2008
The Telegraph


Dhubri: Security forces engaged in counter-insurgency operations in Assam today held up a surrendered AK 81-1 rifle to claim that Ulfa has close links with militants in Kashmir. This is the first time that such a rifle - developed by the Chinese army - has been found in the possession of Ulfa militants. Two militants, Jehirul Islam and Mujibur Rehman, surrendered at Dhubri this morning and handed over the rifle to the security forces. Army officials said Kashmiri militants were known to use the rifle, which has a long range, as it is suited to the hilly terrain and is useful in protecting camps. Army officials said the AK 81-1 assault rifle combines features of the Dragunov sniper rifle and the AK series rifles, but with better accuracy and less recoil. The weapon is also prevalent in Pakistan. “The two rebels said they were not sure about the origin of the weapon but the most plausible source could be Kashmiri militants since we know that Ulfa has links with them. Ulfa had even called for support to the Kashmiri militants during the Kargil war,” a senior police official added. The militants also deposited two Chinese grenades, 74 rounds of ammunition, three magazines and one ammunition pouch before DIG (western range) K.P. Singh Deo at the Dhubri police community hall. Two Ulfa cadres, including a sergeant major, were killed in an encounter with the army at Rangsai in Goalpara district at 8.30am today. Army troops arrested Ulfa linkman Ganesh Majhi from Namsai in Arunachal Pradesh, while another rebel, Horesh Basumatary, was arrested from Khona Tinali in Sivasagar district today.