Assam will burn if the Centre continues to push the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, Anup Chetia, the general secretary of ULFA faction which is currently in talks with the government, said on the Tinsukia killings.
He said attempts by vested interests to blame the pro-talk faction of the insurgent outfit for the incident, would derail the ongoing peace process which are now in their “final stage”.
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“Assam will burn if they continue to push the bill,” Chetia said. “If the bill is passed in Parliament, the situation will worsen and the recruitment for ULFA(I), the ant-talk faction, will increase,” Chetia said.
The bill which is pending with the Joint Parliamentary Committee would pave way for granting citizenship to persecuted minority communities, such as Hindus, Parsis, Sikhs, Christians and Buddhists, from neighbouring countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.
Chetia, who has been engaged in talks after he was extradited from Bangladesh and released on bail, said killings of five people of Bengali community in Tinsukia on Thursday night, was unfortunate. “Poor people have been targeted,” he said.
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- The United Liberation Front of Assam is a separatist outfit operating in Assam, North East India for the Indigenous Assamese people. It seeks to establish a sovereign Assam with an armed struggle in the Assam conflict.
- The government of Indiabanned the organisation in 1990 citing it as a terrorist organisation,while the United States Department of State lists it under “other groups of concern.”
- According to ULFA sources, it was founded on 7 April 1979at Rang Ghar, a historic structure dating to the Ahom kingdom(1228–1826) and began operations in 1990. Sunil Nath, former Central Publicity Secretary and spokesman of ULFA has stated that the organisation established ties with the Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) in 1983 and with the Burma based KIA in 1987.
- Military operations against the ULFA by the Indian Army began in 1990 and continue into the present. On 5 December 2009, the chairman and the deputy commander-in-chief of ULFA was taken into Indian custody.
- In 2011, there was a major crackdown on the ULFA in Bangladesh, which greatly assisted the government of India in bringing ULFA leaders to talks. In January 2010, ULFA softened its stance and dropped demands for independence as a condition for talks with the Government of India.
- On 3 September 2011, a tripartite agreement for Suspension of Operations (SoO) against ULFA was signed between the Indian government, the Assam government and the ULFA.