AGP workers tonsure their heads in protest against ULFA
Guwahati, May 15: The Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) workers today tonsured their heads at Amguri in protest against ULFA's abortive attempt on the life of party leader Pradip Hazarika.
It was a spontaneous reaction to ULFA commander-in-chief Paresh Baruah's statement owning up responsibility of the attack on Mr Hazarika's motor-cycle convoy on May 9, in which two policeman were killed and six others, including the AGP leader, were injured.
The AGP workers in Amguri dared the ULFA leader to prove its allegation of Mr Hazarika's involvement in the secret killings of ULFA kin during 1996-2001 AGP regime in the state. The AGP workers threatened to launch an agitation against the ULFA.
The militant outfit had earlier also accused the AGP leader of trying to raise a special force to fight the ULFA, while he was a cabinet minister in the last AGP ministry, headed by Prafulla Kumar Mahanta.
The AGP leader, elected to Assam Assembly from Amguri constituency, immediately after the attack on his life on May 9, termed it as a handiwork of his political rivals and was not willing to accept that the ULFA would try to kill him, after spending his entire life for the welfare of Assamese people.
However, a subsequent statement from the ULFA c-in-c owning up the attack, belied Mr Hazarika's statement. Police also believed that ULFA design was written all over, in the operation aimed at killing Mr Hazarika, now undergoing treatment at the AIIMS in New Delhi.