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No troops withdrawal from Assam: Gogoi

Dispite protests from many organisations, CM Tarun Gogoi ruled out troops withdrawal from Assam.
None | By Press Trust of India, Dibrugarh
UPDATED ON MAR 28, 2006 11:32 PM IST

Unfazed by the widespread agitation in Kakopathar and other places in upper Assam against the Army, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Tuesday made it clear that the troops will not be withdrawn from the state.

Ignoring the plea from the People's Committee for Peace Initiative in Assam (PCPIA) and also the ULFA constituted Peoples Consultative Group (PCG), Gogoi said that there was no question of withdrawing troops from the state.

"However, we have taken up the issue of alleged human rights violation by the Armed forces while conducting counter insurgency operation in the state", Gogoi told PTI in Dibrugarh.

The PCG and PCPIA, an umbrella body of 20 organisations, have demanded withdrawal of Army after incidents such as the alleged death of a youth in Army custody, which led to widespread protests in Kakopathar.

The PCPIA to put pressure on the government to withdraw the Army, have announced a series of agitation from Saturday next starting with blockade of the national highway.

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