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Assam: Attacks on Hindi-speaking people likely

K Anurag in Guwahati | July 01, 2008 21:16 IST

Police and the security forces have been put on alert in districts of eastern Assam fearing attacks on Hindi-speaking population by the banned United Liberation Front of Assam that has been angered by the split created in its ranks by security forces.

As the banned outfit is showing belligerence by striking with vengeance in the wake of 'A' and 'C' companies of its 28th battalion declaring unilateral truce with government India forces, security agencies apprehend retaliatory attacks on  the vulnerable Hindi-speaking population in eastern Assam areas.

A senior police official informed that there were Intelligence inputs that top leaders of the banned outfit had instructed its cadres to create terror in eastern Assam areas following the rift engineered in its 28th battalion.

Patrolling has been intensified in eastern Assam areas that have sizeable population of Hindi-speaking people.

All routes along the Assam-Nagaland border in eastern Assam have been put under constant vigil by police and the Army to prevent inter-state movements of ULFA militants, who are suspected to be taking shelter in camps in Nagaland hills.

After the olive branch offered by  'A' and 'C' companies of 28th battalion, the government and its security agencies have been trying to woo the 'B' company of the ULFA battalion so that it could neutralize the most potent battalion of the outfit active in eastern Assam areas. 

The 'B' company is expected to have about 80 cadres and its top leaders are based in camps in Myanmar.

The ULFA leadership, on the other hand, has disbanded its companies that have called truce.

The Assam government has informed that it was yet to receive any official proposal for truce from 'A' and 'C' companies of the ULFA's 28th battalion though it has welcomed the move on the basis of media reports.

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