Guwahati, December 13: Patriotic People’s Front Assam (PPFA) has condemned the United Liberation Front Assam (Independent) for killing common people and then terming them as spies to the security forces. The forum argues that it is an old trick of the militant outfit to murder someone first and then brand him/her as a secret agent to the government agency.
It may be noted that the Ulfa (Independent), led by Abhijit Asom and Paresh Asom, owned up the responsibility for the killing of Anteswar Mahanta (46), a local from Tinsukia district of eastern Assam with his son Karun (25), a former student activist. Armed rebels, belonging to the ULFA (I), went to Mahanta’s residence at Simaluguri village on Monday evening and attacked him with indiscriminate firings, which also injured his son. Both were taken to a nearby hospital, but they succumbed to injuries. By then, the militants fled taking advantage of the darkness. Mahanta, a village defence party head, was reportedly instrumental in anti-terrorism campaigns, whereas his son was a former local leader of All Assam Students Union (AASU), who recently got married. However, an e-mailed statement issued by ULFA (I) Publicity Secretary Arunodoy Asom claimed that both of them were operating as spies for the Assam Police and Indian Army.
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“The ULFA leaders are habituated with lying since long back. When the same group killed journalist Kamala Saikia in 1991 at a village in Sivasagar, they had termed him too as a spy to justify their crime. Who can forget the brutal murders of Rashmi Bora, Sanjoy Ghosh, Girish Dev Choudhury and many by the same outfit also terming them as spies. The people of Assam must not forget the misdeeds of the militants” said a statement issued by the PPFA.
The forum, while urging the state Chief Minister (also in charge of home portfolio) Sarbananda Sonowal to take a serious note of the killings, appeals to the people to raise their voice against all kinds of violence. The forum has also fervently requested the mainstream media not to glamorize the killings in the name of ‘Revolutionary Journalism’.
(Endorsed by Nirode K Barooah, Rupam Barua, Ranen Kumar Goswami, Nava Thakuira, Jagadindra Raichoudhury, Pramod Kalita, Kishor Giri, Nani Gopal Mahanta, Ravindra Nath, Nayan Prasad, Jahnabi Goswami, Namrata Dutta, Smriti Divya Barua, Mridul Kumar Chakrabarty, Anup Sarma, Ravishankar Ravi, Rajib Chowdhury, Ujjal Saikia, Subhra Kinkor Goswami, Biswajit Nath, Indranil Kalita, Utpal Sarma, Sabyasachi Sharma among others from the PPFA)