No let up in counter-insurgency operation : Gogoi

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Guwahati, Feb 11 (UNI) Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today reiterated that counter-insurgency operations in the state would continue in full swing and no anti-national element would be tolerated.

He said, " The government has always been tough against insurgents and we will continue with our tough stand. " There would be no let up in counter-insurgency operation, he asserted.

Sending a stern warning to ULFA sympathisers, Mr Gogoi said, " No anti-national element will be tolerated and they will also be dealt with firmly. " The Chief Minister's tough comment assumed greater significance in the backdrop of the state police claim of uncovering an alleged plane hijack plan of the ULFA, purportedly based on the statement of nabbed ULFA militant Manoj Tamuly on Saturday night.

The outfit, however, refuted the charge, terming it the police tactic of maligning the ULFA.

PCG member Lachit Bordoloi and advocate Nekibur Zaman had been detained following Tamuly's statement.

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