STAFF REPORTER GUWAHATI, Nov 28 - Security forces today went into a tizzy after flags of the banned ULFA(I) were found hoisted in different parts of the State, including two locations in Guwahati.
A flag of the proscribed militant outfit United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent) at Nagadhuli Janajati High School, Mariani on Wednesday. – UB Photos
The ULFA(I) has been observing November 27 as ‘Protest Day’ ever since the Operation Bajrang was launched by the Indian security forces in 1990 against the banned outfit.
The flags were later removed and security arrangements across the State heightened. Later, police arrested seven people from across the State in connection with the incidents.
Police said while two flags of the outlawed ULFA were found in Guwahati’s Hengrabari locality, including one in the compound of Borbari High School, the remaining flags were found in Nagaon, Dhemaji and Jorhat. “In all the places, the flags were spotted by locals who later informed the security forces,” police said.
A top Assam Police official said that as the ULFA(I) could not succeed in creating any trouble on November 27 (Protest Day) due to strict vigil, the outfit resorted to such acts in desperation a day after. “Today’s incident is a clear reflection of that desperation,” he said. Special Director General of Police (Special Branch) Pallab Bhattacharya, meanwhile, said the outfit is using some miscreants to flare up the situation. “We are acting tough against anyone who promotes violence in any form. The SPs have been instructed to step up vigil in their respective jurisdiction,” he said.
He also said that the deputy commissioners too have been asked to reach out to the village heads and other prominent members of the locality.