Rival Ulfa faction targets Hindi people

Faction owned up to Namrup shooting

At a time when the pro-talk faction of the Ulfa is trying to take the tripartite peace talks to the next level after its founder general secretary Anup Chetia was extradited  from Bangladesh last month, the hardliner faction – Ulfa-I led by Paresh Barua is once again targeting the Hindi speaking people in the state.

The hardline faction on Tuesday has owned up to the shooting that happened at Namrup in Upper Assam’s Dibrugarh district on Monday late night. Ulfa-I militants indiscriminately fired upon workers of a stone crusher unit at Namrup in Dibrugarh district, leaving two persons seriously injured.

According to police sources, five Ulfa-I cadres with their faces covered came to the stone crusher unit in Namrup on Monday night and started firing on the workers, most of whom were Hindi-speaking people.

Two Hindi speaking people sustained bullet injuries. “We the the Ulfa-I  are claiming responsibility for the incident of Namrup, Dilighat. But at the same time we reiterate that it is the sheer lack of cooperation and an absence of farsightedness on the part of certain business institutions established by Indians, which has to be blamed for the occurrence of such unfortunate incidents.

Time and again we have been calling upon these foreign economic migrants and Indian people who are continueing commercial activities to either cooperate the liberation struggle of the sons of the soil or to quit Asom,” self-styled Captain Arunudoy Asom, the Deputy commander of Eastern Command and assistant publicity secretary, said in a press statement.

Assam Police sources told Deccan Herald that there are inputs of NSCN-K cadres being part of the raid as well. Meanwhile, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Tuesday asked security forces to step from up the offensive against the Ulfa-I.

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