‘Maoists are latest insurgent element in Assam’
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Last Updated: Tuesday, December 20, 2011, 22:05
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 kidnapping.


First Published: Tuesday, December 20, 2011, 22:05

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