BY OUR STAFF REPORTER
GUWAHATI, May 4: The newly formed United tiol Liberation Front of Western South East Asia (UNLFW) has taken responsibility for the attack on Assam Rifles troopers in Mon district of galand, along the Myanmar border, on Sunday.
At least eight jawans of Assam Rifles were killed and nine others injured in the ambush., with four others reportedly missing.
A statement by the ULFA (I) on Monday said that newly formed UNLFW, a united platform of NSCN-Khaplang, ULFA (I), KLO and NDFB, had carried out the joint attack on the troopers at Changlangsu village in galand’s Mon district.
The UNLFW was formed on April 17 under the chairmanship of SS Khaplang, the NSCN(K) supremo. The main objective of the united platform is “to secure the sovereign political future of the region from the domition of occupatiol forces”.
galand Governor PB Acharya, who is also the Governor of Assam and Tripura, said violence has no place in a democracy, adding that the government will initiate strictest action within the provisions of the law.
Calling it an act of extreme cowardice, Acharya strongly condemned the incident and said innocent soldiers were killed in the ambush when they had gone to fetch water, and not in combat.
He also expressed deep shock and dismay at the dastardly killing of the security personnel.
IANS adds: Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Monday expressed concern over the attacks on security forces and asked the Central government to take serious note of the mece.
“It is a matter of concern and the Central government must take it seriously. The development assumes significance as the militant groups have come together despite the differences they have,” Gogoi said, adding, “This attack also implies that the Northeast region is still not free from insurgency.”