[Assam] Anti-ULFA slogans rattle Pengere

Ram Sarangapani assamrs at gmail.com
Fri May 25 12:18:27 PDT 2007

  These two news items from the Sentinel make interesting reading. For one,
it shows that the relationship between the ulfa and the common folks in
villages is not that cosy after all (as touted by some). In fact, one might
even call the relationship 'confrontational'?

The other is that, as far as one can deduce, the ulfa and its cohorts are
threatening people to continue some kind of protest and is bringing harping
on the HR angle.

This is also interesting:
Meanwhile, the ULFA, in a statement issued today expressed its regret over
the killing of the school teacher, *but maintained that the teacher was an
Army informer*. - Sentinel

And who would be next - the Gaon Bura (the head man), some 'khetiok'
(farmer), the village 'benga' (the village idiot)?.

(Highlights mine)

Anti-ULFA slogans rattle Pengere
>From our Reporter
TINSUKIA, May 25: With the outlawed ULFA continuing its strikes, the common
people in upper Asom have started to raise their voice against the rebel
group's activities. Protest rallies against the killing of Kailashpur High
School teacher Rohini Gogoi by the ULFA rattled Pengere area today.
Thousands of students took to the streets with the body of the teacher and
shouted anti-ULFA slogans. There were protest meetings at Pengere HS School
and Kakopathar also. Both the meetings condemned the ULFA for killing the
school teacher.
The protest at Kakopathar was participated by a number of organizations,
including the AASU, AJYCP, Moran Students' Union, Motock Yuba-Chatra
Parishad and All Tai Ahom Students' Union.
It may be mentioned here that giving vent to the fury over the recurring
incidents of violence, the local public lynched three ULFA rebels and
apprehended two others in the last ten days.
An ULFA militant was beaten to death by students and villagers of Kailashpur
in Pengere of Tinsukia district after the rebel and his accomplice shot dead
Rohini Gogoi, an assistant teacher of Kailashpur High School, yesterday.
Soon after the incident, the schools students as well as local villagers
chased the rebels, caught one of them and beat him to death.
A pistol and some ammunition were recovered from the slain militant who was
identified as Baidhya Dhadumia.
This is the third incident in ten days when public took on the rebels hand
to hand.
*Meanwhile, the ULFA, in a statement issued today expressed its regret over
the killing of the school teacher, but maintained that the teacher was an
Army informer.*
    *Police: ULFA instigating protest
*GUWAHATI, May 25: The outlawed ULFA has threatened people to launch
protests against security forces in upper Asom, police sources said today. A
week after the nine-day agitation launched by villagers at Tinsukia against
the killing of an 'innocent civilian' during an alleged encounter on May 6,
a top police official told UNI there was ample evidence that ULFA cadres
threatened villagers of dire consequences if they did not intensify the
The nine-day national highway blockade staged by villagers at Rupai Siding
near Doomdooma had adversely affected communication and supply of essential
commodities to the four districts of Arunachal Pradesh, the secluded Sadiya
subdivision in upper Asom as well as some interior places in Tinsukia. At
least five civilians were killed and several others injured during a clash
between different ethnic communities, propelling the administration to
impose curfew in trouble-torn areas.
"After a series of reverses since the last few months, *the ULFA is bent on
bringing into play the human rights angle for its survival. In the latest
instance, the ULFA took advantage of the killing by intimidating the
villagers to launch a campaign against the security forces in Tinsukia,*"
the police official said. About 50 ULFA rebels have been killed by security
forces and over 300 others either apprehended or forced to surrender during
the last five months.
The official said inquiries revealed that ULFA rebels assaulted villagers
with sticks and even threatened them at gunpoint in areas like Kakopathar,
Dirak and Mohong to participate in the protest.
These places, mostly remote, are known to be safe havens of the outfit.
"With this, the ULFA wants to instigate the people against the police and
Army and mount pressure on them," the official said.
The ULFA has been demanding the withdrawal of the Army from the State.
Similar protests were also witnessed after the killing of a resident of
Dirak Chariali in Kakopathar, Ajit Mahanta, on February 8, 2004.
At least eight people were killed and several others injured when security
forces resorted to lathicharge and firing to control protesting villagers,
who went on a rampage, blocking roads, damaging vehicles and attacking
security personnel near Lajum police station. UNI
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