ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Movement or Mafia

ASSAM chief minister Prafulla Mahanta has gone back to Guwahati without being able to extract any promise of further military or financial aid from the union home ministry to help his cash-strapped government fight the ULFA. Coming fast on the heels of the abduction and killing of the NGO activist Sanjoy Ghosh by the ULFA, the disclosures about Tata Tea and other business houses funding the ULFA have confirmed the impression that the writ of the Assam government no longer runs in large areas of the state where the ULFA is virtually running a parallel administration. Even the deployment of the army has not helped matters. As in Kashmir and the north-east in the past, instead of being able to apprehend the insurgents army jawans have been on the rampage against innocent villagers. Human rights activists and journalists are being harassed whenever they protest against such atrocities and are being branded as ULFA agents. This has further alienated the AGP government from the people. Mahanta is now demanding more sophisticated weapons for his police on the plea that the old ,303 rifles that they have are no match for the AK-47s wielded by the ULFA.

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