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ULFA 'launches' green drive in Assam

The ULFA will oppose Centre's move to set up a new military installation at Changsari as it will destroy fertile land.

india Updated: Sep 15, 2006 22:51 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

The United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) on Friday said that it would oppose the central government's move to set up a new military installation at Changsari near Guwahati as it would displace hundreds of people besides destroying huge acres of fertile land.

In an e-mail statement, Paresh Baruah, chief of ULFA's military wing, said, "Once competed, the project will force eviction of innocent people, destruction of tea gardens, flora and fauna, and also the overall ecosystem of the area."

He said the ULFA was concerned about the "ill-intentions of the government" and alerted the people about 'this new aggression.'

New Delhi has asked the Assam government to acquire about 3,600 acres of land for the installation at Changsari, nearly 25 kms from Guwahati.

Baruah said these are mostly private lands and are being used for farming and tea cultivation, contrary to the government's claim that they are under them. "Once the project is completed, it will allow movement of military forces deep into Assam to eliminate the freedom-loving people," he said.

First Published: Sep 15, 2006 22:51 IST