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ULFA threatens the poll preparation in Assam

The Chief Minister revealed that there were intelligence reports that the ultras would aim at soft targets to make their presence felt.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Guwahati
PUBLISHED ON APR 06, 2004 11:04 AM IST

The Chief Minister revealed that there were intelligence reports that the ultras would aim at soft targets to make their presence felt after the Bhutan operation which has left them in a state of disarray.Gogoi added onto it that additional forces had been sought from the Centre for the prevention of sucha attacks.

"We also want the ULFA camps in Myanmar, Bangladesh and Arunachal Pradesh to be demolished and the militants flushed out," he said.

The state BJP president, Indramoni Bora, said that the violence by ULFA had been a regular feature to make its presence felt in the region. In the last Lok Sabha election two partymen of the BJP were victims of the ULFA violence. 

"There is always this danger of a strike-back as it has demonstrated recently by blowing oil pipelines and indulging in sporadic attacks on security forces," Bora said.

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The former Assam chief minister and AGP leader, Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, however, chose to be circumspect, saying "One has to wait and watch during the run-up to the poll before making any comment."

The visit of the Prime Minister on Tuesday  and other senior leaders isbeing rated as  important and only after the trips that the  current situation can be assessed.

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