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Ulfa vows to continue ‘struggle’

Guwahati, Nov. 28: The Paresh Barua faction of Ulfa today vowed to continue its “struggle” till restoration of the “sovereignty” of Assam, on its Protest Day today.

In his speech emailed to the media, the outfit’s chairman, Abhizeet Asom, said, “On behalf of the organisation, I reaffirm our absolute commitment to march ahead without compromise.” He said the outfit would continue its struggle till it achieved its aim of restoring the sovereignty of Assam.

“It is very heartening that the people of Assam have not lost faith in our organisation as reflected by streams of boys and girls volunteering to join Ulfa during the past 12 months,” Asom said.

“Dedicated youths from all sections of Assamese society have remained loyal to the cause and such an appreciation is the lifeblood for any organisation,” he added.

Every year, the outfit observes November 28 as Protest Day or Black Day against the army’s Operation Bajrang, which was launched against Ulfa in 1990 and Assam was brought under President’s rule.

Asom said in the past 33 years, the outfit has successfully challenged the “neo-colonialist” Indian government and stopped the army from forcing the state into total submission.

On the other hand, security forces heaved a sigh of relief as the day passed off without any incident of violence.

Security had been tightened across the state ahead of the Protest Day fearing attacks. Police sources said they had intensified vigil at all vulnerable places and vital installations such as oil and gas pipelines, bridges and railway lines, which are usually targeted by Ulfa.

“Patrolling had been intensified in sensitive areas with vehicles being thoroughly checked along the highways as well as at the entry and exit points of all towns and cities,” a police source said.