Two Hindi-speaking persons were injured, one of them critically, when militants suspected to be affiliated to ULFA’s anti-talk faction opened fire at a stone crusher unit in Dillighat locality of Namrup in upper Assam Monday.
CM Tarun Gogoi Tuesday asked security forces to step up operations against the militants. Security was also stepped up to provide protection to Hindi-speaking people in the state. Police said at least two unidentified gunmen fired indiscriminately at the stone crusher unit on Monday evening. Excavator operator Sanjay Bharti and clerk Gopal Shah sustained bullet injuries and were shifted to the Assam Medical College Hospital in Dibrugarh.
“We suspect it to be the handiwork of ULFA’s anti-talk faction. We are yet to confirm whether the owner of the stone crusher unit received any extortion notice from the ULFA faction,” Dibrugarh SP Bir Bikram Gogoi said.
Gogoi has asked Assam DGP Mukesh Sahay, who took charge Monday, and Chief Secretary V K Pipersenia to step up operations against ULFA’s anti-talk faction and NSCN(K). He also asked Army’s 3 Corps GOC to intensify combing to nab the rebels.
The CM would also ask the Centre to take steps for an all-out operation against the ULFA(I) and NSCN(K) to bust their camps in Myanmar, an official press note said. Namrup is located in the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border, with the NSCN(K) having a strong presence in the adjoining Tirap district.
The BJP, however, said that Gogoi’s “provocative statements against Hindi-speaking people” were responsible for the incident. “Gogoi should stop making provocative statements. He has been trying to segregate people on the basis of language and religion for the votes of the Assamese-speaking people,” BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma said.
BJP Lok Sabha member Ramen Deka, too, held Gogoi responsible for the attack. “The militants have taken advantage of the provocative statements made by the CM,” Deka said.
Last week, Gogoi raked up a controversy by saying that the state BJP was in the grip of Hindi-speaking leaders of the party. He also described the state BJP leaders as “spineless” and criticised them for “bowing down” to Hindi-speaking leaders.