1,549 civilians, 205 securitymen, 1,703 ultras killed during 2001-10
GUWAHATI, July 12 – In all, 144 innocent persons were killed when security forces opened fire to bring law and order situation under control between 2001 and June 2010. Militants killed 1,549 civilians and 205 security personnel during the period.
In the armed encounters that took place between the security forces and the militants of ULFA, NDFB, KLNLF etc, 1,703 militants were killed during this period.
This was disclosed by Minister Rokybul Hussain in the State Assembly today. He was replying to a question of Ramendra Narayan Kalita (AGP) on behalf of the Chief Minister, who is holding the Home portfolio.
The Minister said that in the incidents of encounter between the security forces and the militants, 26 civilians were killed during the period.
During this period, 2,043 ULFA cadres, 899 NDFB cadres and 102 KLNLF cadres surrendered before the Government and 10,242 members of various militant outfits were arrested.
He also told the House, in reply to a question of Mohibul Haque, that so far six ULFA leaders and 53 cadres of the outfit are in jail and between January 1, 2010 and June 30, 2010, two of its leaders and 164 cadres were released on bail.
The Government is interested in holding talks with ULFA, he said.
In reply to a question of Girindra Kumar Barua (AGP), he told the House that six militant outfits are active in the State at present. These organisations include-ULFA, NDFB, All Adivasi National Liberation Army (ANLA), Hmar People’s Convention (Democratic) (HPCD), Muslim United Liberation Tiger of Assam (MULTA) and Harkat-ul-Mujahidin (HUM).
Now, activities of seven new organisations — Liberation Democratic Council of Mising Land (LDCM), United Tribal Liberation Front (UTLF), United Tribal Revolutionary Army (UTRA), Dimasa National Liberation Front (DNLF), Gorkha Liberation Army (GLA), Hills Tiger Force (HTF) and Santhal Tiger Force (STF) have come to light, said the Minister.
Source: The Assam Tribune