NEW DELHI, June 10 � Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has urged the Centre not to withdraw the Central forces under deployment in Assam, in the face of apprehension that violence may erupt yet again.
The Chief Minister called on Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh here this afternoon and conveyed his request.
Gogoi also urged the Home Minister to expedite the ongoing peace talks with various militant groups. The Assam government is obviously eyeing the ongoing talks with the pro-talk faction of ULFA, which are at an advanced stage.
Settlement of the problem before the Assembly polls would come as a major booster for the ruling Congress�s electoral prospects.
Later, talking to newsmen Chief Minister Gogoi said that currently peace prevails in Assam. �However, we believe that the Centre is planning to withdraw the Central forces. We apprehend that if the forces are withdrawn violence may erupt once again,� he said.
Majority of the Central forces are deployed in Bodoland and other sensitive areas.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister hailed the military operation in Myanmar. �We have been demanding such flush-out operations in Myanmar, where a number of militant outfits operating in Assam are taking shelter,� he said.
The anti-talk faction of the ULFA led by Paresh Baruah and the Songbijit faction of the NDFB are among the major five militant outfits based in Myanmar, which are troubling the State government.