[Assam] "Ulfa shifts focus, asserts 'gallantr" y' - The Statesman
cmahanta at charter.net
Thu May 31 05:52:09 PDT 2007
Look at the guy's SPIN:
>The "fake encounter" drew public attention when a man from
Laopati village in
Tinsukia district fell victim to the circumstances.
He must have woken up on the wrong side of the bed bringing bad luck
>"The killing of Budheswar Moran was unfortunate," said
>Marwah, GoC, Second Mountain Division.
*** Tsk, tsk! How terrible these folks are, complaining even after
Somehow military 'oopses ' must be MORE honorable than ULFA's. Isn't
that what it meansd?
At 6:12 AM -0600 5/31/07, Ram Sarangapani wrote:
>What about this C'da?
>Ulfa shifts focus, asserts 'gallantry'
>THE Ulfa has returned to its pet agenda of challenging the armed
>forces. Its military spokesman, Raju Baruah, has warned security
>forces of dire consequences if they did not stop killing its
>"unarmed members" in bogus encounters.
>In the 1980s, the Ulfa projected an image of being an "enemy to the
>crooked, friend to the deprived". But it slowly tarnished this image
>when its cadres began targeting journalists, social activists and
>political workers who were critical of its activities. There are
>instances of sophisticatedly armed Ulfa cadres misbehaving with and
>killing people, not even sparing women and children. All the time
>the Ulfa leaders followed the principle that "if you are not with
>us, you must be with the enemies".
>The local population began losing faith in the outfit, as was clear
>from reports in the local media. The mindless killing of innocents
>and bomb blasts carried out by its cadres at crowded places made it
>difficult for the people to understand Ulfa's primary objective of
>garnering public support for its cause.
>The leaders, of course, had tried their best to generate support on
>various occasions but failed. In a recent "fake encounter" in upper
>Assam, where the stage was set for a perfect anti-Army ambience, the
>outfit stepped in and appealed to the people to join in the move.
>Taking a cue from the killing of a young man by the security forces,
>the locals decided to block the National Highway, where thousands of
>others joined in to raise their voice against the excesses by
>security personnel. But soon the situation turned ugly for Ulfa with
>the arrival of a group of people from nearby tea gardens.
>Initially, it was a series of heated arguments between Ulfa
>sympathisers and the group of tea garden workers who had become
>unnerved when the supplies of essential commodities was stopped
>following the blockade and finally clashed with them. Eight people
>were killed and 25 injured. When the situation worsened, the
>administration sought help from Tinsukia.
>The "fake encounter" drew public attention when a man from Laopati
>village in Tinsukia district fell victim to the circumstances.
>Twenty-four-year-old Buddheswar Moran, a watchman in a local tea
>plantation, was killed by security personnel at midnight of 5 May.
>These personnel of the Jammu and Kashmir Rifles initially claimed
>Buddheswar was associated with the Ulfa, but locals denied this and
>later the Army admitted that Buddheswar had no link with the
>underground group. It even apologised for the unfortunate incident
>and ordered a probe. "The killing of Budheswar Moran was
>unfortunate," said Major-General NC Marwah, GoC, Second Mountain
>The public resentment even compelled the state governmenti to ask
>the security forces "not to commit excesses and ensure basic human
>rights of civilians" during counter-insurgency operations. Dispur
>also ordered an independent probe.
>Meanwhile, a large crowd assembled at Dhola on NH 37 to protest
>against Buddheswar's killing. Shouting anti-Army slogans, the
>villagers started an indefinite blockade of the highway on 7 May.
>Some in Kakopathar and Doom Dooma also protested. The Ulfa lost no
>time in lending its support. "The mounting anti-Army agitation
>justifies our stand that the Army has unleashed a reign of terror in
>Asom," claimed Ulfa chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa.
>However, the situation became murkier after a group of tea workers
>appeared. They asked the agitators to lift the blockade so that
>trucks could bring in essential supplies. The two groups clashed on
>13 May at Tiphuk. The Assam Tea Tribe Students' Association
>supported the community, saying they were not against the agitation
>to condemn the Army excesses but to oppose the demonstration.
>"Putting up a blockade on a primary road for more than a week is
>enough for the tea labourer families to get annoyed," said ATTSA
>president Prahlad Goala and secretary Padmalochan Das in a press
>As the Ulfa leaders failed to gain anything from this, they started
>targeting migrant labourers in the locality. In two days (15-16
>May), its cadres killed nine Hindi- speaking workers in upper Assam.
>(The author is a Guwahati-based journalist)
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