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Assam mulls ban on tribal militant group
K Anurag in Guwahati |
December 16, 2007 18:06 IST
Assam government is considering imposing a ban on the All Adivasi National Liberation Army, which carried out the bomb attack on Dibrugarh-Guwahati-New Delhi Rajdhani Express on Thursday last.
Official sources informed that the state government is taking serious view of the growing activities of the AANLA that was formed in 2005 by a section of frustrated tribal youth with help from bigger militants groups, including the banned United Liberation Front of Assam and Naga rebel group, the NSCN-IM.
Besides the blast in Rajdhani Express, the AANLA was suspected to play a role in triggering street violence involving tribals in Guwahati on November 24 last. The design of the AANLA to trigger troubles in the state came to light following arrest of its seven cadres, including its deputy commander in chief, Raj Munda, by Guwahati police on December 10.
As per confessions made by the arrested AANLA members before the police, the outfit was planning more strikes in the state to press for its demand for Scheduled Tribe status to tribals community living in Assam.
Meanwhile, Assam police has put the name of David Tirki, the fugitive commander in chief of the AANLA in the list of 'most wanted criminals'. The state police has sent alert to its counterparts in rest of the states in the country seeking cooperation in nabbing the AANLA top leader who is suspected to be masterminding trouble in Assam.
The police suspect that the AANLA commander chief is now taking shelter in Jharkhand.