Army and paratroopers searched remote jungles trying to flush out United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) terrorists who killed 69 migrant workers from Bihar and their excuse is that they do not want non-Assamese in Assam. Hiding in dense jungles in neighboring states and countries, ULFA has wrecked havoc thanks to intransigence of Bangladesh and a soft-approach by the Home Ministry to deal with this group. Mollycoddling the group through negotiations with a team of Mickey Mouse representatives, India finally gave up on achieving a negotiated settlement with this group which is no more than an extortionist organization.
India launched a flushing joint operation with Bhutan more than year ago and killed or arrested most of the cadre. However, the rest escaped to Bangladesh and Myanmar and India has been urging both those nations to cooperate. Why Yangon has agreed to cooperate, Dhaka under Begum Khaleda Zia has stalled incessantly which has actually encouraged the organization to recuperate and rejuvenate itself.
With 69 innocent Bihari migrant workers dead, India has woken up to the reality of this organization and has dispatched federal paratroops and counter-insurgency units of Arunachal Pradesh (AP) and Assam to fan the thick jungles of Tirap, Changlang, and Lohit districts of AP. These are the tracts the organization uses to slip into Myanmar which shares a porous border with India.
Fearing more attacks, tens of thousands of migrant workers have started returning home in the hope that the security machinery will capture the terrorists so they can return to work.