Assam CM demands ULFA chief’s return to mainstream to solve insurgency

GUWAHATI | Updated: 12 December, 2023 3:10 pm IST
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GUWAHATI: Assam Chief Minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma, stated that the problem of the banned United Liberation Front of Assam (Independent) (ULFA-I) committing unlawful activities could be solved with the return of ULFA(I) chief Paresh Baruah.

While speaking to the reporters in Guwahati on Sunday, Sarma said, “Till the time Paresh Baruah is present, these kinds of incidents will take place on a small scale. That’s why I have said earlier that if he comes back, the problem will be solved.”

Meanwhile, the banned outfit United Liberation of Assam- Independent (ULFA-I) claimed responsibility for the recent incidents of bomb blasts across the state in a letter.

“We don’t have any personal animosity with Assam police. They all are sons of our soil. But the recent blasts were to prove to the DGP of Assam GP Singh that Assam Police is not his personal property. Using and showing to be his own personal property and power shows how ill-intentioned he is. The previous DGP of Assam Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta never did that,” the letter read.

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The first blast took place on November 22 when two people on a motorbike lobbed a grenade targeting an army base of the Kopatholi Company Operating Base along the border of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, in Tinsukia district. On the other hand, the second bomb blast struck Sivasagar district’s Joysagar town on December 9 at 7:15 PM, near the CRPF camp. No casualties were reported in the explosion, however, the police indicated that there was no evidence of a physical bomb. On the other hand,

Of late, the Director General of Police, GP Singh, has been attempting to bring back Assamese youth from the banned outfit to join the mainstream. While addressing the media, Singh said, “This is not surrender of our boys, and it is their ‘Ghar wapsi’ or homecoming as you say. The boys go there thinking about something. They realise it is all futile. So they contact us and come back.”

The CM had also illustrated the efforts required to bring the cadres into the mainstream, stating the these “measures cannot be completed in a short time”. “Different measures are already in process. Measures cannot be completed in a short time; it takes days as it is an old-standing issue. It will take some time to fix. But the measures are in process. It is also not that the measures are taking place today but have always been in place,” Sarma said.

In December, four cadres had laid down their arms in front of the police.

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