GUWAHATI: Violence by the ULFA in Assam continued unabated on as the banned group gunned down two migrant workers, taking the toll in attacks on non-Assamese people to 68, and carried out two bomb blasts even as additional army and paramilitary forces were deployed for counter-insurgency operations.
The Centre rushed 2,000 additional paramilitary personnel to Assam and the army intensified operations against the ULFA by deploying over 10,000 troops in upper Assam, where most of the attacks were carried out.
State government spokesman and Minister Himanta Biswas Sarma said district administrations had been asked to provide security to migrant labourers, who would be taken to a designated place after the day’s work.
The Assam government also took measures to ensure that events did not take a communal turn, especially in the wake of a SMS campaign carried out in Tinsukia by “vested interests”.
Panic-stricken migrants headed for railway stations in Dibrugarh, Tinsukia and Sibsagar to return to their home states though the administration denied there was an exodus. The fleeing migrants, mostly women, children and old men who sold milk or worked as daily wage labourers, told reporters they were waiting to board the next available train for Bihar.
This is where the UPA’s ‘Terrorist Appeasement’ Policy has led us into. And yet they seem to have not learnt a lesson.
They still think that all they have to do is notch up their terrorist appeasement a bit higher by stooping themselves much more lower to these thugs.