In upper Assam ULFA (I) launches new extortion campaign

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In upper Assam ULFA (I) launches new extortion campaign

GUWAHATI: ULFA (I) has launched a new campaign to collect money from tea growers and traders in Upper Assam.

Sources said that banned outfit ULFA (I) led by Paresh Baruah has sent extortion notices to tea estate management, coal merchants, timber merchants and other businessmen.
Sources said that following the instructions of Commander-in-Chief Paresh Baruah, the above-ground cadres of the organization have issued extortion notices to businessmen in Upper Assam.

A source said that through the notice, the banned organization has demanded huge amount from the traders.
The sources added that many traders have informed the police about the demand notes they have received.

Traders in Golaghat, Sivasagar, Charaideo, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts of Upper Assam have received extortion notices from ULFA (I).
According to sources, top leaders of the outfit have also made phone calls to some businessmen seeking funds for the rebel group.

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma recently said that the state government is trying to bring the ULFA (I) led by Paresh Baruah to the negotiating table but progress has been slow.
“Though the talks with ULFA (I) are alive, the progress has not been as we expected,” CM Sarma said.

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