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AGP colluding with ULFA faction: Gogoi
Guwahati, Feb 22 (IANS):
Published on 22 Feb. 2011 11:56 PM IST
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Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi Tuesday levelled serious charges at the state’s main opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) by saying that it colluded with the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) in targeting Congress leaders ahead of the assembly elections.
“Why is the ULFA threatening only Congress leaders and not other politicians? All indications are that the ULFA and the AGP are hand in glove,” the chief minister told journalists.
Opposing the peace talks, the ULFA faction led by the elusive commander-in-chief Paresh Baruah, in an e-mailed statement Saturday, threatened to attack Congress leaders and warned people against participating in party rallies in the run-up to the assembly elections.
The ULFA Monday made an abortive attempt to assassinate Congress leader Bhola Shah at Tengapani in the eastern district of Tinsukia and fired indiscriminately outside his house.
Shah was not at home during the attack. The militants also tried to abduct his son but failed.
“Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, senior AGP leader and former chief minister, had gone on record saying Paresh Baruah should not come for talks now. This is another indicator of the nexus between the ULFA and the AGP,” Gogoi said.
The ULFA in the past killed at least a dozen Congress leaders during elections, beginning the 1996 assembly polls.
The ULFA faction statement said the Congress was responsible for dividing the outfit by luring some leaders into holding peace talks with the government.
The first round of ULFA-government peace talks was held Feb 10 in New Delhi, with the outfit’s chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa leading the process.
Suspected anti-talk faction of ULFA targets Congress leader
Dibrugarh/ Tinsukia, Feb 22 (PTI): Suspected anti-talk faction militants of ULFA stormed into the house of a senior Congress leader in Tinsukia district last night close on the heels of a recent threat to the ruling party.
Three armed suspected ULFA insurgents came in two motorcycles and stormed into the house of Tengapani panchayat president Bhola Shah at Gorbasti Bazar at around 7.30 pm, police said today.
Shah’s son Jyoti Prakash Shah had a scuffle with the ultras when they tried to kidnap him as his father was away, the police said.
Claiming to be ULFA militants, the attackers shot from their weapons but none was injured, the police said.
The militants then fled away in one of their motorcycles leaving behind the other vehicle.
A massive search operation along with the Army was launched to track the attackers, the police said.
In the run-up to the upcoming Assembly elections in the State, the Paresh Baruah faction of ULFA on Friday last had threatened to target the Congress by launching an `armed struggle’ and warned the people against attending meetings organised by the party leaders, ministers and legislators.
The ULFA accused the Congress of being responsible for dividing the outfit by luring away some of its leaders into sitting for peace talks with the government.
Paresh Baruah has termed the peace talks as “unconstitutional” as ULFA chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa and seven other top leaders were surrounded by “Indian forces” suggesting the talks were being held under pressure from the government.
This was discounted by the pro-talk ULFA leadership with Rajkhowa asserting that the decision to hold the discussions with the government was sanctioned and approved by the ULFA general council.

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