By- Staff Reporter | Date- June 12, 2012
The outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) on Monday lashed at Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi for expressing his inability to punish culprits behind the infamous ‘secret killings’ in Assam during the last AGP regime (1996-2001) due to lack of evidence.
In a statement issued to Times of Assam, ULFA Publicity Wing leader Arunodoy Asom said that ULFA was not at all surprised when Tarun Gogoi during a media meet on June 9 last expressed his inability to punish those involved in the infamous secret killings due to lack of sufficient evidence but at the same time it along with the people of Assam were shocked as to how senior politicians of the state like him surrendered to the pressure of the colonial Indian government. The press release also stated that it was actually the Congress party that started the trend of such killings in rest of the country to terrorise protesting masses to silence, citing examples of mass graves in Kashmir and Sikh killings at Punjab.
The issue of secret killing is a national issue for Assam and its people and still ULFA does not expect the colonial government of India to bring justice as it was itself behind the killings so as to continue with the continuous exploitation of Assam by silencing the people through secret and open killings ,- stated the press release.
It is to be mentioned that about 500 innocent persons, mostly family members of ULFA militants, were killed in Assam by secret killers during 1996-2001 when AGP was in power. The Congress came to power in 2001 under Gogoi’s leadership mostly on the promise of putting an end to such killings as well as to punish those involved in it. However after 11 years of its continuous rule in the State since then no one has been convicted for those killings and the Chief Minister Gogoi has now expressed his government’s inability to bring the justice!
On the other hand, oppositions AGP and the BJP in Assam have slammed Tarun Gogoi after he had said it was not possible to punish culprits behind secret killings.