[Assam] India stop your blame game and hoodwinker ‘peace talks’. Do ‘REAL POLITIK’ and put Assam Sovereignty restoration CONSTITUTIONALLY on the table and see if the ULFA rejects such a peace initiative.

Bartta Bistar barttabistar at googlemail.com
Thu May 3 03:05:43 PDT 2007

*ULFA peace talk failure spurts violence*

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Posted online: Wednesday, May 02, 2007 at 1049 hours IST

*New Delhi, May 2: *Failure of peace initiative with ULFA in Assam had a
direct bearing on the security scenario in the North Eastern Region going by
the spurt in violence in recent months.

A Union Home Ministry document revealed that while the number of incidents
had doubled in the first quarter of 2007 against the corresponding period
last year, civilian casualties registered over three-fold increase.

The MHA report said that till March 31, 2007 there have been 156 incidents
in Assam compared to 85 during the same period last year, showing that the
number of incidents had nearly doubled.

Likewise, 99 civilians were killed during the first three months this year,
which was more than three times compared to the figure of 31 during the
corresponding period of 2006.

It said ULFA, with which the Government observed over a month-long ceasefire
last year but called it off following the outfit's refusal to come to the
negotiating table, accounted for over 50 per cent of the violent incidents
in 2006.

In the first quarter of 2007, ULFA militants unleashed largescale violence
ahead of the National Games in Guwahati in February and in the first two
weeks of January alone they killed 70 Bihari migrant workers.

While the MHA said that the increased ULFA violence in Assam has been a
"disconcerting development", the situation in other north-eastern states is
hardly encouraging.

Manipur continues to be affected by insurgent activities of a large number
of militant outfits divided on ethnic lines, the MHA report said.

It said 166 incidents occurred during the first quarter of 2007 resulting in
the killing of 23 security personnel and 28 civilians. The situation was
better during the corresponding period last year as 12 security personnel
and 17 civilians were killed in 131 incidents.

The report also pointed out that inter-factional clashes in Nagaland
continue to disturb the otherwise peaceful environment. The marginal
increase in violence was mostly on account of internecine clashes between
factions of the NSCN.

The number of incidents rose from 59 during the first three months of 2006
to 61 during the same period this year.

However, the situation in Tripura has shown a "marked improvement".

While Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh continue to suffer from low intensity
violence, Mizoram and Sikkim remain by and large peaceful.
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