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ULFA threatens to kill Congress leaders

K Anurag in Guwahati | January 13, 2007 23:13 IST

The banned United Liberation Front of Asom that is now facing the heat from the Army that has intensified operation against it following last week's carnage of Hindi-speaking people in the state, on Saturday threatened to retaliate by killing ruling Congress members in the state.

The militant group that has been held responsible for killing over 60 Hindi-speaking persons in the state last week, threatened that it would not hesitate to eliminate workers and leaders of the ruling Congress in case Assamese youth were killed by the Army.

However, the ruling party chose to put up a brave front in the face of renewed threat from the ULFA. The All India Congress Committee leader Chandan Bagchi and State Congress president Bhubaneswar Kalita, who had visited violence-hit Tinsukia and Dibrugarh district areas of Upper Assam, said that such threat was not new to the party.

The commander of the ULFA's 28th Battalion, Prabal Neog in a statement given to the local media here warned that Congress workers and leaders would be spared if the Army killed Assamese youth.

The banned militant group alleged that the politicians from the Hindi-heartland were now flocking the state to shed crocodile's with an intention to create division among the people in the wake of killing of Hindi-speaking people.

The 28th battalion of the militant group has been primarily held responsible by the police and the Army for the inhuman attacks of Hindi-speaking migrant workers.

The Congress leader who had gone to visit violence-affected areas Upper Assam on Saturday told the media that killing of innocent Hindi-speaking people was not in the interest of the people of Assam and the ULFA had done this under the influence of outside forces inimical to the interests of the nation.