Former Assam CM demands arrest of CM, ministers under NSA, POTA

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Guwahati, Nov 10 (UNI) Former Assam Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta today alleged that outlawed ULFA was drawing the strings in the Congress-led state government and demanded the arrest of the Chief Minister and his colleagues under anti-terrorism laws. Addressing a press conference, Mr Mahanta said the present state government was being run by the Congress, Hagrama Mohilary (chief of coalition partner BPPF) and proscribed ULFA.

Slamming the state government for "buying peace" with the ULFA before the National Games and the recent cricket match here, he said, " On both occasions the government has appealed to the ULFA not to disrupt the events and the ULFA has reacted positively both times. " Terming such appeals to banned outfits by the government as "anti-national", he said, " If the Congress shares such good relation with ULFA, they should persuade the insurgents come for dialogue. " The former Chief Minister and president of the Asom Gana Parishad (Progressive) (AGP-P) demanded the arrest of Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and his Ministerial colleagues under the National Security Act and POTA for such activities.

Referring to a recent video tape of Osama Bin Laden where the latter had mentioned of Assam, Mr Mahanta said it had established that Muslim fundamentalists had made deep inroads in the state, though the state government had denied it in the state Assembly when he had brought a question on the subject.

He said, " After the Laden tape, the question naturally arises if the state government is compromising the sovereignty of the nation before the fundamentalists. " He also slammed the government for trying to give political colour to the "secret killing" issue, when ULFA kin were allegedly killed by government hired killers during the second term of Mr Mahanta between 1998-2001.

Mr Mahanta maintained that if killings during his tenure were forced upon the then-government, the Congress should also be held responsible for killings during their terms.

Mentioning of the Justice K N Saikia commission report into the "secret killings", to be tabled in the Assembly next week, he questioned the government's failure to take such initiative in other massacres in the state.

The Tiwari Commission report on the 1983 Neille massacre, Pathak Commission report on the clashes in 1992 following demolition of the Babri Masjid and the report on the ethnic clashes in Karbi Anglong were such instances when the Congress failed to submit reports in the Assembly, he added.

UNI

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