For the first time in 30 years of its existence, the banned militant outfit United Liberation Front of Asom (Ulfa) has raised its voice against Bangladeshi migrants settled in Assam. The outfit has made a sudden u-turn on Bangladeshi migrants’ problem of the state after two of its leaders were recently arrested by security force of Bangladesh in Dhaka and handed them over to India.
Ulfa leader Pradip Gogoi on Monday said that unabated influx from Bangladesh to Assam had posed a grave threat to identity of sons of the soil. If the trend continued, then the Bangladeshi migrants would outnumber indigenous people of the state in next ten years.
He appealed to all communities, political parties and socio – cultural organizations of the state to intensify movement against Bangladeshi immigrants. “ The Bangladeshi migrants’ issue is a big problem of Assam. The people of Assam will face an identity crisis in coming days. It is high time for people of Assam went all out against immigrant Bangladeshi settlers ”, said Gogoi.
For Ulfa, Bangladesh was a friendly country and all top leaders of the outfit run their activities from soil of Bangladesh. But under pressure from Govt. of India, the new Govt.of Bangladesh has intensified its operation against Ulfa and other militant outfits of Northeastern region taking shelter in that country.
On November 2, security forces of Bangladesh arrested Ulfa’s foreign secretary, Sashadhar Choudhury and its finance secretary, Chitraban Hazarika and handed them over to BSF at Indo- Bangladesh border in Tripura. India and Bangladesh have no extradition treaty.
Only few days back, another arrested Ulfa leader Mithinga Daimary, who was Central Publicity Secretary of the outfit , also raised voice against Bangladeshi migrants. He said that Ulfa leaders’ handed over to Indian Govt. by Bangladesh has paved ways for the Government of India to deport illegal Bangladeshi migrants from Assam.
Ulfa started its Bangladesh journey in 1991. The outfit enjoyed Bangladesh Govt. support to use the soil of that country to carryout anti-India activities for almost two decades. Ulfa had about 30 camps in the neighbouring country and the outfit invested huge amounts in different sectors in Bangladesh. But the situation for Ulfa became unfavourable for the separatist- militant outfit after the formation of new govt. under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina.
The Ulfa Vice Chairman who is currently imprisoned at Central Jail here was brought to medical college hospital on Monday for his health check-up. Gogoi was arrested on April 18 in 1998 at Lindsay street in New market area of Kolkata by West Bengal Police and handed over to Assam Police.