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ULFA's protest day passes off peacefully

Posted on Nov 28, 09:22PM | IANS

The banned United Liberation Front of Asom's (ULFA) protest day in the state passed off peacefully Wednesday, as authorities stepped up security across the region, an official said.

The state government had put the forces on alert for the past few days anticipating an attempt by the banned outfit to carry out subversive activities to mark its protest day, the official said.

The outfit observes Nov 28 as protest day against the launching of first ever military operation - 'Operation Bajrang' - against the militant outfit in Assam 22 years ago on the night of Nov 27, 1990.

ULFA's newly appointed chairman Dr.Abhizeet Asom in his speech to mark the protest day and mailed to media Wednesday expressed firm commitment of the outfit to "defend the rights of Assamese people until restoration of sovereignty" in Assam.

"It is heartening to appreciate that people of Assam have not lost faith on my organisation as reflected by streams of boys and girls volunteering to join ULFA in the last 12 months," claimed the organisation's new chairman.

At present there are two factions of the outfit. One is led by its former chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa and some other senior leaders, who are continuing peace talks with the government of India. The other faction led by its commander-in-chief Paresh Baruah alias Paresh Asom is still continuing with the armed struggle for a 'sovereign' Assam. Baruah is reported to be hiding somewhere in northern Myanmar.