Scores of militants have deserted the anti-talk faction of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) led by Paresh Barua,security forces claim.
One runaway cadre,Hemkanta Changmai alias Jatin Khanikar,who was arrested by the security forces recently reportedly told interrogators that he had escaped from an ULFA camp in Myanmar. Most of the lower-rung cadre were made to stay under inhuman conditions and were ill-treated,including physical punishments like whipping and caning. Life especially of lower-rung cadre is more like of bonded labourers, a security official quoted Changmai as saying.
Changmai,20,from Tinsukia district,claimed he was lured into the ULFA with the promise of a better life.
Several militants recently apprehended in Tinsukia and adjoining districts have managed to escape from Myanmar and trekked back to Assam to surrender, an army official said.
One Bikash Dutta,who reportedly escaped with Changmai was caught by ULFA men,taken back to Myanmar and executed,the official claimed.
Asom surname for faction cadre
In an interesting move,all cadre of the anti-talk faction of the ULFA have changed their surnames to Asom. A statement said the factions central committee by a decision resolved that henceforth every member irrespective of rank,would bear the same surname Asom in order to do away with the surnames that indicated caste or ethnic background.