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Left-wing extremists behind protests: Govt

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Oct 7 � State Government spokesperson and Power Minister Pradyut Bordoloi today claimed that Left-wing extremists were behind some of the protests against big dams aimed at creating instability in the State.

�The Government has information on such activities and necessary steps are being taken to foil the attempts,� Bordoloi said during a press conference.

He maintained that Left-wing extremists are gaining a foothold in the state in the guise of protestors against big dams, and appealed to the people not to fall prey to such nefarious designs.

Though he refrained from naming any group or individual, the minister claimed that the extremists were already penetrating in Sadiya and along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border.

�These people target remote areas where development is still to pick up at a desired level. It appears that militant groups like the hardliner ULFA faction and some anti-national forces are also supporting such attempts,� the Power and Industries Minister said.

�Their main aim is to create instability and push back Assam to the days of unrest that the State had witnessed less than a decade ago,� he said.

Seeking to allay apprehensions on the adverse impact of the Lower Subansiri project, Bordoloi stated that the Governement is taking appropriate measures to ensure downstream safety and security.

He further stated that the Government has also approved 100 sites for small hydel projects in the State.

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Left-wing extremists behind protests: Govt

GUWAHATI, Oct 7 � State Government spokesperson and Power Minister Pradyut Bordoloi today claimed that Left-wing extremists were behind some of the protests against big dams aimed at creating instability in the State.

�The Government has information on such activities and necessary steps are being taken to foil the attempts,� Bordoloi said during a press conference.

He maintained that Left-wing extremists are gaining a foothold in the state in the guise of protestors against big dams, and appealed to the people not to fall prey to such nefarious designs.

Though he refrained from naming any group or individual, the minister claimed that the extremists were already penetrating in Sadiya and along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border.

�These people target remote areas where development is still to pick up at a desired level. It appears that militant groups like the hardliner ULFA faction and some anti-national forces are also supporting such attempts,� the Power and Industries Minister said.

�Their main aim is to create instability and push back Assam to the days of unrest that the State had witnessed less than a decade ago,� he said.

Seeking to allay apprehensions on the adverse impact of the Lower Subansiri project, Bordoloi stated that the Governement is taking appropriate measures to ensure downstream safety and security.

He further stated that the Government has also approved 100 sites for small hydel projects in the State.