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Assamese blame ULFA for disturbing communal harmony

Assamese have criticised the rebel United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) for disturbing communal harmony in the State.

By Apem Kamondong

Guwahati, May 30 : Assamese have criticised the rebel United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) for disturbing communal harmony in the State.

The reaction comes after the outfit's elimination of over ten people belonging to Sibsagar, Dibrugarh and Bongaingaon areas of Assam.

"They didn't say anything. They came and killed and left. How will I look after my three children now?, " asked Khema Devi, the wife of one of the victims.

This is the wail of not one family, but several families who have been the target of the ULFA in recent months.

"He was my elder son. The younger son died three years ago. There is nobody to run the family," said Rajkumari, the mother of a victim.

These poor labourers, who come here for an earning, fail to understand why they are being targeted. They, of course, come here for an earning but, at the same time, contribute to the local economy by providing cheap labour.

The ULFA does not care about the Assamese economy nor does it bother about communal amity.

Dr. Bijoy Sarma, the Principal of the J B Boroah College in Jorhat, said that we should maintain communal harmony, adding that 'It does not do well for any organisation to disturb peace this way.'

The educated class also understands the motive of the ULFA and the implication of such killings.

"The awful situation in Assam during the past few days is because of the operation conducted by the State Government in the name of exterminating the militants. In the name of searching for the militants, the innocent villagers have been made victim. The Students' Union is demanding the government to stop all this," said Barren Sakia, President of AASU, Jorhat Unit.

Suggesting a solution for maintaining peace, Shantanu, a student, said: "We Assamese have to fight unitedly against the outfit. The communal clashes and killing of innocents is wrong. I feel that there should be peace talks, only then there would be a dialogue".

The ULFA appears to be targeting all economic installations and activity to scare people away from the state so that no new investments or development takes place.

In the past, the State and Central Governments have made numerous peace overtures to the ULFA, but without much success.

On September 24, 2006, the Centre announced the withdrawal of ceasefire with the ULFA on account of the outfit's continued acts of violence and extortion.

The government had then said that efforts for pursuing the peace process will continue.

ULFA interlocutor and noted Assamese scholar Indira Goswami had said that the peace efforts would continue, which was a welcome sign.

Militant groups began forming along ethnic lines after Independence, and demands for sovereignty grew, resulting in the new states of Nagaland, Meghalaya and Mizoram in the 1970s.

ULFA (United Liberation Front of Asom), and NDFB (National Democratic Front of Bodoland) are two major militant groups that came into existence in the 1980s, leading to a strong military crackdown.

The insurgency continues without any end in sight.


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