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Security forces on alert ahead of polls

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GUWAHATI, March 5 � Though most of the militant outfits are keeping a low profile for some time, the police and security forces are not keen on taking any chances as possibility of stray incidents of violence in the run up to the elections cannot be ruled out.

Highly placed security sources told The Assam Tribune that the hard line faction of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) headed by the commander in chief of the outfit, Paresh Baruah, already issued warning to the Congress and they might indulge in stray incidents of violence in the run up to the polls to make their presence felt.

Sources said that the hard line faction has already started the process of fresh recruitments and some new recruits were also sent to the bases in Myanmar. �The security forces are not apprehending large- scale violence by the ULFA, but the possibility of a few incidents cannot be ruled out. With the relations between the militant groups of the North East having bases in Myanmar improving in recent times, the possibility of Paresh Baruah engaging members of other outfits to indulge in a few acts of violence also cannot be ruled out,� sources added. Sources pointed out that the hard line faction of the ULFA might not send senior members to Assam from the bases in Myanmar as the possibility of pro-talk group members identifying them cannot be ruled out.

Though the anti-talk faction of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) has sent feelers to the Government expressing its desire to come for talks, field level cadres of the outfit recently sent messages to the leaders staying in Bangladesh and Myanmar asking for weapons, which is a matter of serious concern. The NDFB may not indulge in acts like blasts in public places in the run up to the polls, but members of the outfit may involve in kidnappings and other forms of violence to make their presence felt, sources added.

Security sources further said that the slow progress of talks with the militant groups of the hill districts of NC Hills and Karbi Anglong complicated the situation. The slow progress of talks with the United People�s Democratic Solidarity (UPDS) and KLNLF led to creation of a new outfit Karbi People�s Liberation Tiger in Karbi Anglong, while, another new outfit Dima National Democratic Front has been established in NC Hills. The new outfits may create trouble in the hill districts in the days to come, sources added.

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Security forces on alert ahead of polls

GUWAHATI, March 5 � Though most of the militant outfits are keeping a low profile for some time, the police and security forces are not keen on taking any chances as possibility of stray incidents of violence in the run up to the elections cannot be ruled out.

Highly placed security sources told The Assam Tribune that the hard line faction of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) headed by the commander in chief of the outfit, Paresh Baruah, already issued warning to the Congress and they might indulge in stray incidents of violence in the run up to the polls to make their presence felt.

Sources said that the hard line faction has already started the process of fresh recruitments and some new recruits were also sent to the bases in Myanmar. �The security forces are not apprehending large- scale violence by the ULFA, but the possibility of a few incidents cannot be ruled out. With the relations between the militant groups of the North East having bases in Myanmar improving in recent times, the possibility of Paresh Baruah engaging members of other outfits to indulge in a few acts of violence also cannot be ruled out,� sources added. Sources pointed out that the hard line faction of the ULFA might not send senior members to Assam from the bases in Myanmar as the possibility of pro-talk group members identifying them cannot be ruled out.

Though the anti-talk faction of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) has sent feelers to the Government expressing its desire to come for talks, field level cadres of the outfit recently sent messages to the leaders staying in Bangladesh and Myanmar asking for weapons, which is a matter of serious concern. The NDFB may not indulge in acts like blasts in public places in the run up to the polls, but members of the outfit may involve in kidnappings and other forms of violence to make their presence felt, sources added.

Security sources further said that the slow progress of talks with the militant groups of the hill districts of NC Hills and Karbi Anglong complicated the situation. The slow progress of talks with the United People�s Democratic Solidarity (UPDS) and KLNLF led to creation of a new outfit Karbi People�s Liberation Tiger in Karbi Anglong, while, another new outfit Dima National Democratic Front has been established in NC Hills. The new outfits may create trouble in the hill districts in the days to come, sources added.

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