GUWAHATI, April 13 � For the first time in years, militant groups were not involved in creating disturbance during the polls barring one incident of blast in the Rajiv Bhawan, the headquarter of the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) , but threat from the militants is far from over as security agencies received inputs about possible attacks on security personnel.
Highly placed security sources told The Assam Tribune that though the anti-talk faction of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), headed by commander in chief of the outfit Paresh Baruah, threatened the Congress and managed to trigger off an explosion in the Rajiv Bhawan, the outfit could not indulge in any other major act of violence due to tight security measures taken up.
Sources said that after most of the hardcore members of the 709 battalion of the ULFA joined the pro-talk faction, hardcore militant Drishti Rajkhowa and his followers were given the task of indulging in acts of violence in Guwahati and other parts of Lower Assam in the run up to the elections. Though there were intelligence inputs of a few ULFA militants entering the city, the elections passed off peacefully.
Similarly, in the last few years, all the elections in the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) were marred by violence, but it was different this time and the elections were by and large peaceful. The militants belonging to the anti-talk faction of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) ambushed security personnel twice in the run up to the elections. But the militants of the outfit did not indulge in any poll-related violence. Security sources said that according to inputs available, the militants of the anti-talk faction of the NDFB are still trying to launch attacks on security personnel.
Polling in the militancy hit hill districts of NC Hills and Karbi Anglong was also by and large peaceful with most of the militant groups operating in the area are under ceasefire agreement with the Government.