20 October, 2020

Shooting Range

A marauding ULFA again. The Centre must now rethink strategy.

Shooting Range
Cut To The Quick

Experts on why the Centre's handling of the ULFA problem is flawed:
  • The inconsistent blow-hot-blow-cold policy has backfired.
  • The six week unilateral ceasefire last year helped insurgents regroup and revive.
  • The last round of peace talks yielded little.
  • The insurgents must first reigned in before any talks.
  • Grievances of the local people must be addressed if insurgency is to be contained.
The outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) has once again achieved an immediate imperative—sending out the message that it is very much active and capable of widespread terror. Kalashnikovs in hand, its hit squads comprising 3-8 members descended on brick kilns, dairy farms and other businesses that engage migrant Bihari workers and gunned down over 70 of them in a string of attacks beginning January 5. The killings across the eastern districts of Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Dhemaji and Golaghat not only spread panic...


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