‘Maoists are latest insurgent element in Assam’

Assam Governor Janaki Ballav Patnaik said Maoists were the latest insurgent elements to have "silently intruded" into the region.

Guwahati: Assam Governor Janaki Ballav
Patnaik on Tuesday said Maoists were the latest insurgent elements
to have "silently intruded" into the region and established
strong links with the anti-talk faction of ULFA led by Paresh
Barua and the People`s Liberation Army of Manipur.

Delivering the valedictory address on the concluding
day of the two-day 21st conference of DGPs and IGPs of the
North Eastern region at the Raj Bhavan here, Patnaik expressed
concern over the fact that the Maoists had formed regional
committees for upper, central and lower Assam.
"They (Maoists) are mostly active in areas of Dhemaji,
and Tinsukia districts bordering lower Dibang and Lohit
districts of Arunachal Pradesh with the geographical location
of the area contributing to the proliferation of their
activities," he said.

"There is ample evidence of the Maoists sending their
cadres to Odisha and Jharkhand to undergo training under the
hardcore Maoist leadership there," he said.

"I understand Paresh Barua group of ULFA is in constant
negotiation with them and is willing to provide both
sophisticated arms and requisite funds," he said.

Referring to another area of concern, Patnaik said
the surrendered militants of Dima Halam Daoga (DHD), ULFA and
the NDFB were indulging in petty crimes like snatching and

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