| Public losing faith on ULFA
From our Correspondent
SIVASAGAR, March 9: The recent activities of both the pro-talk and the anti-talk faction of the United Liberation front of Asom (ULFA) has created an atmosphere of fear and uncertainty among the people of Sivasagar district, particularly to the business community.
Recent arrests of some pro-talk ULFA cadres, indulging in extortion activities have also changed the mindset and attitude of the intellectual section towards the pro-talk faction. At the same time, most of them commented that such activities are not going to help their leadership much.
A reputed businessman of Sivasagar, alleged that some pro-talk ULFA members have been carrying out fund-raising activities such as extortion and robbery by using third-party criminals so that the outfit does not face any direct allegations or public wrath. “It is not possible that the senior leadership of the ULFA pro-talk faction is not aware of such secret ground realities,” he added.
On the other hand, a recent visit to some of areas of the Charaideo sub-division, exposed the wrath and discontentment visible among the locals of the region.
They said, “The path of progress and development, chosen by the people of Assam, do not appear to find favour with Paresh Baruah faction. The cadres of the ULFA anti-talk faction, led by Paresh Baruah, made an abortive attempt to disrupt the power supply to the people of Upper Assam by trying to blow up the Power Grid tower at Nimonagarh in Sivasagar district on the night of March 3.”
He further said, “The people of Assam, who are already beleaguered by frequent power shortages, appear to have been targeted for further suffering by the Paresh Baruah faction. The recent attempt to blow up the power supply grid has exposed the pro-Assam facade maintained by Paresh Baruah.”
They also questioned as to how the disruption of power and the resultant suffering of the people as a result of activities undertaken by the Paresh Baruah faction be construed as pro-people.They also wanted to know whether Paresh Baruah aimed to achieve the professed goal of ‘sovereignty’ for Assam by denying power to the people of Assam.
On reports of Paresh Baruah camping in the neighbouring countries, the people said, “Prolonged stay in Myanmar and China appears to have displaced their professed ‘lofty’ objectives. Paresh Baruah seems to be totally disconnected from the socio-economic dynamics of Assam and his actions appear to be acquiring a more strident anti-people complexion.”
The people of this sub-division who have already suffered from the aggression of Nagas and Arunachalis, sent a polite request to the outfit not to involve in rampant extortion, destruction of Assam’s inherent wealth and targeting of innocent people. They also urged that outfit should look at the people’s well-being as its prime objective and said that their aspirations needs to be recognized and preserved.