Ulfa to target BJP leaders, migrants ahead of Modi visit

Ulfa to target BJP leaders, migrants ahead of Modi visit

Non-Assamese workers and BJP leaders could be targeted by the United Liberation Front of Assam (Ulfa) ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Guwahati this weekend for attending the Directors General of Police (DGP) conference.

The Union Home Ministry has asked the Assam government and other agencies to be on alert following intelligence inputs in this regard. The DGP conference, organised by the Intelligence Bureau, is travelling out of Delhi for the first time since its inception in 1920.
While Modi will be in Guwahati on November 30 to attend the function, Home Minister Rajnath Singh will be in the Assamese capital for two days from November 29.

Top security officials and state DGPs will discuss a variety of subjects including the rise of Islamic State and the strategy to counter it, rural and urban policing and Maoist menace.
According to sources, all security measures have been taken to thwart any attempt by the Ulfa.

They said by targeting non-Assamese workers, the Ulfa wants to create a reign of terror among the populace who come to Assam in search of livelihood.

The intelligence input also came against the backdrop of recovery of a powerful bomb, weighing more than seven kg, from a train compartment in Assam’s Kamrup (Rural) district, which is about 50 km from Guwahati.

Security personnel on duty in Up Lumding-Kamakhya Intercity Express spotted a plastic bag covered with a towel and wires sticking out in front of the compartment toilet near Kendukona Railway station under Rangiya sub-division, PTI reported from Guwahati.

On Sunday, a powerful blast killed two people and injured over 25 others in Dibrugarh. Only recently, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi flagged concerns about al -Qaeda tying up with north-east insurgent groups to create terror in the region.

He had sought a close monitoring by central intelligence agencies and an institutional mechanism for regular interaction between Centre and states to counter the threat.

In a letter to the Union Home Minister, Gogoi said Assam is confronting the challenges of myriad insurgent groups and militant outfits.

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