ULFA 'Protest Day'
From our Correspondent
DIGBOI, Nov 28: Following the abrupt rise in subversive activities and constant movement of the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) across Tinsukia district, the security agencies were specially alerted in the entire vulnerable pockets like Digboi, Pengaree, Bordumsa, Kakopather, Doomdooma and Makum where according to intelligence inputs, large scale sabotage activities, including kidpping and extortion were being planned by the outfits.
Meanwhile, seeking desirable output of the counter-insurgency operation being conducted after a group of five armed militants led by Rupam Axom had served extortion demand to various tea garden and factory owners at Digboi, Doomdooma and Bordumsa in Tinsukia district, Ram Prasad Mee, the IGP Eastern Range, Assam, took stock of the situation enrouting Bordumsa, Jagun and Digboi police station here on Monday.
However, the IGP based in Tinsukia who has been closely monitoring the developments, told The Sentinel during his visit to Digboi that the security measures were effectively beefed up and adequate resources engaged in the militant hunt task would yield the output soon. When asked about the threat posed to Digboi in particular, Mee said, “Things are right and our determined forces are working to this effect relentlessly.”
However, according to sources, the outfits moving about in the belt were desperate to commit large-scale sabotage, particularly in Digboi. “Our intention this time is huge disaster, a kind that would be remembered,” said one of the ULFA cadres to a tea garden worker recently during their extortion bid.
On the other hand, security forces in Digboi have been beefed up to counter any anti-social activity of the outfit. As per sources, security has been intensified across the industrial town, especially in the tea garden areas, besides ensuring constant patrolling and operations around oil pipelines, railway tracks and busy places. Hindi-speaking people are also one of the soft targets of the ULFA as usual. Others related organizations, including the VDPS, Digboi garik Committee and women cell were sensitized on Monday during a formal emergency meeting to help realize the desired end with combined efforts.
The outfit has been observing November 28 as ‘protest day’ ever since ULFA was declared as a banned outfit by the Government of Assam. However, no such reports of violence or untoward incidents were reported till filing of this report.