A civil society group in Assam on Friday claimed that more than 95 per cent of nearly 2.6 million people interviewed by them had rejected the demand for independence by the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA).
The Assam Public Works (APW), a forum known for its anti-ULFA posture and claiming to have several relatives of the separatist group as its members, said it conducted an opinion poll to elicit public response about the outfit's demand for sovereignty or independence in nine of Assam's 27 districts.
"Only about five per cent of the people surveyed supported ULFA's demand for sovereignty and the rest thoroughly rejected it," said Abhijeet Sarma, general secretary of the APW, in a meeting organised to release the findings.
The poll was conducted in the districts of Bongaigaon, Goalpara, Guwahati, Dhubri, Darrang, Sonitpur, Lakhimpur, Dhemaji and Nalbari. The poll for the remaining 18 districts would be taken up soon.
Sarma said about 1,800 APW volunteers carried out the survey with questionnaires being handed out to the respondents.