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TPO urges Gogoi to restore peace
Published on 29 May. 2009 12:55 AM IST
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Expressing concern at the prevailing ethnic “unrest and lawlessness” in North Cachar Hills, Assam, the Tenyimi People’s Organization (TPO) Thursday urged Assam chief minister, Tarun Gogoi to immediately intervene and restore peace and normalcy in that place. A four-point TPO memorandum addressed to Assam chief minister demanded crack down on DHD-J cadres; sufficient ex-gratia to the next of kin of those killed in the ongoing “hate campaign”; relief and compensation to those injured, properties destroyed and rendered homeless; financial assistance to the affected and necessary measures to win back the confidence of the people by providing safety and security. Meanwhile, the central government has asked the Assam government to step up security along the Lumding-Badarpur rail section in the North Cachar Hills district after repeated attacks by militants on trains. A five-member central government team arrived in Assam Tuesday to review the security situation after frequent attacks by Dima Haolam Daogah or the Black Widow group. The central team has directed the Assam government and other central security agencies to take all out efforts including deployment of army to curb militancy and restore normalcy in the southern part of the state. a senior state government official told newsmen in Guwahati Thursday, according to IANS. A North Cachar Hills district official said: “Since 2006, more than 80 people, including railway officials, have been killed in militant attacks on trains on this hill section of the Northeast Frontier Railways and nearby villages.”

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