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Maoists in Jharkhand ask ULFA to stop killing Biharis in Assam

Maoist guerrillas in Jharkhand have slammed the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) for killing Hindi-speaking settlers from Bihar in Assam.

india Updated: Nov 28, 2003 19:22 IST

Maoist guerrillas in Jharkhand have slammed the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) for killing Hindi-speaking settlers from Bihar in Assam.

A joint statement issued by the Maoist Communist Centre (MCC) and People's War Group (PWG) has appealed to ULFA to immediately stop killing innocent people.

"The killings in Assam are unfortunate and it must be stopped immediately," the statement said.

"We appeal to ULFA to stop the killings of Hindi-speaking people who are landless and working there (in Assam) as labourers. We have always supported ULFA," it added.

"It's indeed a matter of great disappointment that ULFA is killing innocent people who have gone to Assam to earn a livelihood," the statement said.

An MCC activist told IANS, "Our fight is against the government, not the common man. They should restrain themselves."

Nearly 60 Hindi-speaking people from Bihar have been killed during the last two weeks in Assam following attacks on Assamese train passengers in Bihar.

Most killings have been blamed on ULFA, which is fighting for an independent homeland in oil-rich Assam and is known to have close ties with groups like MCC and PWG.

First Published: Nov 26, 2003 13:37 IST