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ULFA, NSCN (K) factions in Assam for subversive activities, says DGP

GUWAHATI, (IANS): Assam Director General of Police Khagen Sarma on Thursday said anti-talk groups from the ULFA and NSCN(K) have entered the state to conduct subversive activities and added that both these outfits were behind Wednesday’s attack on a police station.

Police were on the alert to foil attempts by these outfits to carry out their evil designs, Sarma told media persons on the sidelines of an Assam Police Day celebrations function at Kahilipara.

“The United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) and Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) cadres wanted to attack in a big way but quick retaliation by an alert police force made the militants flee,” the DGP said.

“We have seen ULFA and NSCN(K) cadres come together in the recent past,” Sarma said referring to the formation of United Liberation Front of Western South East Asia by the ULFA, NSCN(K) and some other north-eastern militant outfits.

Meanwhile, the DGP said the 67th Assam Police Day was being celebrated on Thursday with the aim of bringing police closer to the common people.

As part of the celebrations, the official function was inaugurated at the 4th Assam Police Battalion headquarters at Kahilipara on Thursday morning, with at least 48 cultural troupes representing different tribes and communities of Assam taking out rallies in and around the city.

ULFA chief Paresh Baruah’s mother dies
Guwahati, October 1 (IANS): Miliki Baruah, the mother of ULFA chief Paresh Baruah, died at her residence at Jeraigaon in Assam’s Dibrugarh district on Thursday. She was 88. Paresh Baruah had recently refused financial assistance of Rs.1 lakh offered by Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and requested him to spend the amount for the betterment of lakhs of flood-affected people in the state. The Assam government offered the financial assistance to the ailing Baruah, who was suffering due to age-related ailments, last month after she was admitted to a local hospital.  Gogoi also offered to provide safe passage to the United Liberation Front of Assam chief, on humanitarian grounds, if he desired to see his mother in his native place. Miliki Baruah, who lived in Jeraigaon with one of her sons, had requested the Assam government several times in the past to ensure a honourable settlement of the ULFA faction’ demands through meaningful discussions.

Militants attack police station in Assam
TINSUKIA, OCTOBER 1 (PTI): Suspected ULFA militants today attacked Kakopathar police station in upper Assam’s Tinsukia district with rocket launcher and automatic weapons, a senior police official said. A group of about five militants came in army uniform and fired at the police station from outside at around 7.30 PM, district Superintendent of Police Mukdhajyoti Mahanta said. The militants did not enter the police station and there was no casualty or injury. After the militants fled, an unexploded rocket propelled grenade was found near the spot, Mahanta said. The SP with additional police personnel rushed to Kakopathar, about 25 km away from district headquarters Tinsukia, and begun investigations there. Unconfirmed reports claimed that the group comprised ULFA(I) and NSCN(K) militants.

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