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Centre rushes additional forces to combat ULFA

K Anurag in Guwahati | November 09, 2006 19:08 IST
Last Updated: November 09, 2006 21:14 IST

The Centre is rushing 19 additional companies of central paramilitary forces personnel to intensify operation against marauding United Liberation Front of Asom militants.

A security source informed that besides helping to augment operation against the ULFA the additional companies of the Central Reserve Police Force and Border Security Force would also help improve vigil along borders with Bangladesh and Myanmar in Assam to prevent cross border movement of ULFA militants.

At the initiative of the Central government which was rattled by last Sunday's ULFA-triggered twin blasts in Guwahati, a strategy is being put in place to coordinate operation against the ULFA ultras within Assam as well as in the neighbouring states of Meghalaya, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh to prevent inter-state movement of ULFA ultras to help themselves dodge security forces in Assam.

The CRPF has rushed 10 additional companies to Assam to boost the anti-militancy operations. And with this the strength of CRPF's deployment in the state has gone up to 34 companies. Assam government had requested for additional Central forces during the Security Strategy Group meeting at Guwahati in presence of the Union Home Secretary V K Duggal.

The BSF too sent nine additional companies to Assam on Tuesday. The total strength of BSF deployment in Assam had increased to 63 companies. The BSF is basically entrusted to guard country's border with Bangladesh in Assam. The international border is now under security scanner because of reported cross-border movement of militants. The ULFA is known to have a base in neighbouring Bangladesh.

Strategy has been drawn up to check movements ULFA ultras in Garo Hills in neighbouring Meghalaya and in South Tripura bordering Bangladesh. The ULFA is suspected to be using these areas as corridors for cross border movement of its cadres and arms.

The BSF had earlier submitted a list of 193 militants camps in based in Bangladesh to the BDR requesting the latter to take action against those camps. However, Bangladesh government has been denying existence any such camps of North East Indian militants in that country.

Meanwhile, the Central government has not yet closed the option for dialogue with the ULFA though it has decided to intensify operation against the militant outfit. "Everything depends on the sincerity shown by the ULFA. Sincerity is the corner stone of all peace process with insurgents," Union Home Secretary V K Duggal said in Guwahati couple of days back.

According to reports emanating from New Delhi, National Security Adviser, M K Narayanan has agreed to meet the two ULFA mediators, Rebati Phukon and litterateur Dr Mamoni Raisom Goswami on November 13.

After Sunday's twin blasts that took 15 innocent lives in Guwahati, Assam  Chief Minister, Tarun Gogoi made it clear that the ULFA would have to abjure violence as pre-condition for any future dialogue with the government. He vowed to keep security forces hot on ULFA trail to prevent attacks on innocent civilians.

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