PCPIA blames third force for recent violence

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Guwahati, Mar 18 (UNI) The Peoples Committee for Peace Initiative in Assam (PCPIA) today alleged that a third force was involved in the recent spurt of violence in Assam.

Since the past one week, 17 bombs of low intensity exploded all over Assam, barring the Barak valley and the two hills districts, leaving at least 8 dead and more than 50 injured.

Police said it was a clear handiwork of the Ulfa.

Addressing a press conference here, PCPIA leader Dilip Patgiri today said the Ulfa might not be involved and there could be a third force behind the whole issue.

The PCPIA, although it represents the civil society, is considered close to the ULFA ideologically. Mr Patgiri is an important member of the Peoples Consultative Group (PCG) formed by the ULFA to facilitate the jinxed peace process with the Centre.

The ULFA through a statement denied their involvment in some of these blasts, specially the one which killed 4 persons and injured 50 others in a Mishing festival at Jonai on Saturday.

Various tribal groups today took out a protest rally demanding punishment to the culprits and blamed the state government for not being able to check the violence.

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