Central committee member of Ulfa and associates arrested

Rourkela, Feb 12 (PTI) Aditya Bora, Assam cadre central committee member of ULFA and two of his associates, were today arrestd by security forces during joint combing operation in Saranda forest bordering Orissa-Jharkhand, police said.Huge quantity of explosives, Maoist literature and posters were seized from their possesion, they said.Joint combing operation has been intensified after an encounter with the Maoists near Saranda forests yesterday in which three hardcore Maoists, including Area Commander Mohammed Musleem, were gunned down.The combing operation continued in the dense Saranda forests and three ULFA militants were arrested, they said.Initial reports said Bora and his associates were giving arms training to the local Maoists. All three were taken to an undisclosed place for interrogation.Three ultras who were gunned down yesterday, besides Musleem of Jareikela under Bisra police station, were identified as Susanta Mahanto of Jharbeda under Bisra police station and Nepali Bhumi of Makanda under Manoharpur police station of Jharkhand.All the three bodies were handed over to their family after postmortem.Meanwhile, the body of surrendered woman maoist Kanduri Lohar and her four-year old son, who were killed by the Maoists earlier in the day, were brought to Bisra for post-mortem.