Maoists, ULFA involved in anti-dam stir: Gogoi

Assam CM claimed that Maoists and anti-talk faction of ULFA were involved in the agitation against the construction of a hydro-electric project.

Last Updated: Dec 28, 2011, 17:28 PM IST

Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi
on Wednesday claimed that Maoists and anti-talk faction of ULFA
were involved in the agitation against the construction of a
hydro-electric project in Lakhimpur district.

"Maoists, anti-talk faction of ULFA and other extremist
groups are involved in the protest. Maoists are helping the
Krishak Mazdoor Sangharsh Samiti (KMSS), which is spearheading
the stir," Gogoi told reporters here.
"Paresh Baruah (anti-talk ULFA leader) does not want
progress of Assam. Agitators do not want development of the
state...they want prices of essentials to rise and scarcity of
food items," he said.

"But action has to be taken when there is a breakdown of
law and order," Gogoi said referring to police action on the
agitators during the last two days.

To a query, Gogoi said, "we can hold discussions with the
protestors any time...even tomorrow...if they come forward for
parleys. What the experts on dams say has to be accepted by
them."

Reacting to the Chief Minister`s statement, KMSS General
Secretary Akhil Gogoi said, "Tarun Gogoi`s claim will only
help Maoists and ULFA to establish themselves in Assam".

"People are being regularly attacked when they raise fear
that the mega dams will bring more misery to their lives as
they are dependent on rivers. Tarun Gogoi is not prepared to
listen to the apprehensions of the people," he told reporters
at Chauldhowa in Lakhimpur district.

Police used lathis, burst teargas shells and fired in the
air in the past two days when protestors pelted stones at them
at Chauldhowa as they blocked NH-52 along the border of
Lakhimpur-Dhemaji districts.
The agitators continued their blockade today with
thousands of people assembling there.

Five organisations KMSS, Assam Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra
Parishad, Takam Mising Porin Kebang, All Tai Ahom Students
Union and All Deori Students Union are at the forefront of the
anti-dam agitation.

PTI