Extremists can never gather strength unless they get support from the people: Sarma
FROM A CORRESPONDENT
BISWATH CHARIALI, May 10: Assam Director General of Police (DGP) Khagen Sarma today said here that even though ULFA (I) has become weakened in Assam, police don’t consider that the outfit has lost its strength completely. DGP Sarma, who visited Phulbari village of Sonsajuli area here in Sonitpur district along Assam-Aruchal Pradesh border four months after the NDFB (S) massacre, said this to reporters in the sideline of programme today.
In Phulbari village of Sojuli area under Tinsuti Police outpost of Biswath Chariali sub-division in Sonitpur district, the maximum number 31 Adivasi villagers were massacred by the NDFB (Songbijit) militants on December 23 last year.
The DGP said that extremists fear the police and Army less than they fear the people.
“Militants only fear the people. Extremists can never gather strength unless they get support from the people,” Sarma said.
He said along with the police, the people will also have to take initiative to weaken the militants.
The Assam police chief called upon the people to come out unitedly against the rebels.
He said that NDFB (S) chief IK Songbijit is currently holed up in Myanmar.
Sarma attended a programme organized by Biswath police for the economic development of the people of Sojuli along Assam-Aruchal Pradesh border.
The programme was also attended by ADGP (Law and Order) RM Singh, DIG Subhrajyoti Hazarika, Biswath SP Mabendra Debroy, Sonitpur SP Sanjukta Parashar, Biswath SDO (C) Pallab Gopal and several other top police and civil administration official.
Biswath MLA Prabin Hazarika also attended the programme. Hazarika in his speech requested the DGP to upgrade Balisabg and Tinisuti Police outposts to police station. He also urged the Government for deployment of more security forces along the Aruchal Pradesh border.
In the programme lemon saplings were distributed among the people of the area. DGP Sarma planted a lemon sapling during the programme.