Gogoi goes soft on Ulfa, blames Bangladeshi groups for terror

New Delhi, May 30 | Updated: May 31 2007, 05:30am hrs
Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi has termed the Ulfa-led insurgency as a homegrown problem, stating that the outfit is not always behind every insurgent activities in the state. Instead, he held Islamic terrorism from across the border in Bangladesh responsible for bomb blasts and terror activities in Assam.

Gogoi, who was here to attend the National Development Council meeting, told FE on Tuesday that it was wrong to always blame the Ulfa for violence in the state. The surprising sympathy on his part for the banned organisation notwithstanding, Gogoi refuted notions of any covert links between the Congress government and the Ulfaa charge that has been levelled by the Opposition.

Ulfa is not always behind every insurgent activities or blasts in the state. It would be wrong to blame them always. The state rather suffers from Islamist terrorism. Assam has borders with Nepal and Bangladesh and the world knows about the roots of Islamic terrorist groups in these countries, the chief minister said, attempting to differentiate between the two entities.

He, however, conceded that these jehadi organisations were funding and aiding the Ulfa. The Ulfa-led insurgency is a homegrown problem and should be equated with Naxalism in other parts of the country, Gogoi said.