Phanindra was lived in the city for the last couple of months and was readying for extortion coerce.
A police officer said that “He was hired by an Ulfa hardliner, Rajen Deka of Mangaldoi. He was working as an overground member of the outfit. We found several SIM cards from him.”
He added that ULFA hardliners have underway a new recruitment drive in the city and police are keeping a sharp eye on their movement.
“Phanindra was hired by Rajen Deka some time back. He is among the fresh recruits of the Paresh Baruah-led faction. Interrogation is likely to reveal some important information,” said the official.