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ULFA threat to vital installations
Published on 7 Jan. 2010 12:22 AM IST
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The outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) Wednesday threatened to attack security forces and vital installations in Assam ahead of India’s Republic Day. “We are going to step up our offensive and target security forces and other vital installations,” self-styled ULFA commander-in-chief Paresh Baruah said in an e-mailed statement. Titled ‘new guidelines and instructions’, the rebel statement also warned of action against Assam Police personnel and informers. “We are not going to spare those who act as informers to pass on inputs to the security forces,” the ULFA leader said. The rebel statement also threatened action against “intellectuals” who are anti-ULFA. “We shall identify the intellectuals and first warn them and then take action on such people,” the statement said. The elusive separatist leader also threatened to take action on corrupt officials. “Government officials who are corrupt would be dealt with sternly,” the statement said. The ULFA statement also asked people to capture and punish anybody who triggers bomb blasts. “We shall not trigger blasts and if any body does so to defame us, people should not spare such bombers,” the statement said. The ULFA and other militant groups in Assam and other parts of the northeast are known to step up violent acts ahead of national celebrations like Republic Day and Independence Day. The ULFA is a rebel group fighting for an independent homeland in Assam since 1979.

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