Guwahati: Union Home Minister P.Chidambaram
on Friday directed the security forces in Assam to launch an `all-
out` operation against NDFB (anti-talk faction) and to spare
none indulging in violence.
Chidamabaram, who held a meeting with Assam Chief
Minister Tarun Gogoi, top army and paramilitary commanders,
senior police and civil officials during his brief visit here,
told reporters that he had directed the security forces to
take a `tough stand` against the outfit and tackle the
situation with a `strong hand`.
Referring to the recent massacre of 24 people by the
outfit in the state since Monday, he said the security forces
had been instructed to take immediate measures to arrest those
involved and to deal with them sternly.
"All violent activities of NDFB anti-talk faction will
be tackled with an iron hand ... The Centre has no objection
to holding talks with all outfits provided they abjure
violence as dialogue is the only way to solve problems,"
Expressing displeasure over the stand taken by the
NDFB (anti-talk group) in resolving the Bodo issue, the Home
Minister said its arrested chairman Ranjan Daimary was not
interested in keeping the situation under control.
The banned outfit had threatened that if any of its
cadres was killed, at least 20 people - security forces or
civilians - would be killed and they carried out their threat
killing 24 people since November 8. It had reissued the threat
"The outfit has not yet submitted its charter of demands
but has given indication that they want more autonomy for the
Bodos," Chidambaram said adding the outfit is not happy with
the functioning of the Bodoland Territorial Council and is
also not eager for talks with the government.
He also held a meeting with the Unified Command
Structure Headquarters at the Border Security Force (BSF) base
camp in Patgaon on the outskirts of the city before leaving
Meanwhile, a report from Kokrajhar said one NDFB
anti-talk faction militant was nabbed during a joint operation
by army and police in the district today.
The militant was nabbed near the Lungsung forest reserve
and a nine mm pistol along with two rounds of live ammunition
was seized from him, it said quoting the police.
The arrested ultra is part of a group that had planned
subversive activities in the district and was involved in a
firing incident on November 9 in which one person was killed.