Tezpur: The anti-talk faction of the Paresh Baruah-led United Liberation Front of Asom, or Ulfa suffered a massive jolt today as personnel from the 44 Assam Rifles unit and Assam Police nabbed his right hand man and publicity secretary Arun Udoy Dehotia in the state’s Sonitpur district.
On a tip off, the joint team raided Jinjia village under Biswanath subdivision and apprehended the hardcore Ritik Hazarika alias ‘Lieutenant’ Arun Udoy Dehotia, police said.
A 9-mm pistol with two magazines were recovered from him, a police official said, adding Dehotia was being interrogated at the Assam Rifles Lokra camp.
Dehotia hails from Panbortia village near here and had left home about 20 years ago as a teenager to join the insurgent outfit, the official said.
After the split of the Ulfa following the arrest of its chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa and other top leaders last year, Dehotia, who was very close to his ‘commander-in-chief’, was given the charge of the Paresh-led faction’s publicity secretary and since then was regularly sending e-mails to the media with the last one being sent on 17 July.