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Clamour for ULFA-Govt talks getting louder
K Anurag in Guwahati | February 26, 2007 14:50 IST
Over 20 organisations under the banner of the People's Committee for Peace Initiative in Assam have threatened to resort to Manipur-like mutinies against the Indian Army engaged in intensive anti-insurgency operation if the government doesn't engage the militant group United Liberation Front of Asom for talks.
A senior leader of the PCPIA, Lachit Bardoloi who is also a convenor of the ULFA-constituted People's Consultative Group told the media that the PCPIA would be compelled to launch a mass movement.
The PCPIA's demand is that the government respond to the ULFA. The militant outfit had withdrawn its call asking the people to boycott the 33rd Indian National Games.
Meanwhile, the police have stepped up their vigil in Guwahati as the Assembly is scheduled to sit for a long budget session from Monday.
The police recovered a huge cache of explosives at Gorchuk area in Guwahati on the night of February 21 and arrested two persons -- Radheshyam Shaw and Monilal Paswan--- in this connection.
This included 400 electronic detonators, 600 special ordinary devices, 25 gelatin sticks, 37 bundles of fuse wire and 25 kilograms of ammonium nitrate.
Police investigating officers were startled to recover SODs that are meant for exclusive use of Indian Army and bear the mark of an ordnance factory of Rajasthan.
Militants and anti-national elements have often used Amonium nitrate to amplify the devastating power of bombs. This solution was suspected to have been used in the Samjutha Express blast as well in pressure cooker bombs that were detonated in Mumbai last year.
The Assam police suspect that all these explosive materials were meant for use of militant groups in the region.