A day after suspected United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) militants greeted him with a series of blasts, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram talked tough, seeking less political interference in matters of internal security.
He said his ministry had intelligence inputs about possible terror strikes in Assam, keeping in mind the recent political developments in Bangladesh.
“I have asked Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and his government to focus on development, while the security forces will act decisively and firmly on terror groups,” he said after a two-hour meeting with the Unified Command.
The Unified Command, chaired by Gogoi, is the anti-insurgency coordinating body of the army, paramilitary forces, Assam police, intelligence agencies and state administration.
He said broad guidelines had been given to the army, paramilitary forces and the police to finalise “more sharply-focused counter-terror strategies” so that “no quarters are given” to any subversive agencies.
The home minister said his ministry had intelligence information about the latest attacks. “The intelligence inputs we had were building up over the last few days. I had a discussion with Gogoi on the morning of December 31,” he said, lauding the Assam police for acting swiftly to limit the extent of damage.
Suspect’s sketch released
The police on Friday released a photograph of the mastermind of Thursday’s blasts. Releasing the sketch, City Additional SP Debajit Deuri said: “Pranjal Deka of the ULFA’s 709 battalion was the mastermind.”
Meanwhile, ULFA, in an e-mail to all media houses, denied its involvement in the blasts.