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GUWAHATI, Dec 1 - Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today directed the Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police (DGP) to deal firmly with the United Liberation Front of Asom {ULFA (Independent)} involved in a shooting spree at a stone crusher plant at Namrup in Dibrugarh district last night, said an official press release here this afternoon.

Chief Minister Gogoi asked Chief Secretary VK Pipersenia and newly appointed DGP Mukesh Sahay to step up offensive against the ULFA (I) and the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-K) as well.

Meanwhile, Gogoi had a telephonic talk with GoC 3 Corps this morning regarding last night�s incident and on matters related to intensified combing operation to nab the ultras.

Gogoi said he would take up the issue of an all-out operation against the ULFA (I) and the NSCN (K) with the Centre to bust the camps of these militant groups in neighbouring Myanmar.

The Chief Minister asked the Chief Secretary to formulate an effective action plan for further strengthening the law and order machinery in view of the threats from the militants. Gogoi said the administration has to gear up to counter the threats and to come up to the expectations of the people, the press release said.

Our Dibrugarh Staff Correspondent adds: In the meantime, two special commando teams have been rushed to Namrup in the wake of last night�s indiscriminate firing reportedly by ULFA (I) upon two workers of a stone crusher unit at Dillighat to track down the perpetrators, Atuwa Munda, Minister for Forest and Environment told newsmen in Dibrugarh today.

The Minister, who paid a visit to the injured victims at the Assam Medical College and Hospital (AMCH) in Dibrugarh, said that the police, Army and paramilitary forces have been put on high alert following the incident and security has been beefed up in all the vulnerable areas within the State. �Police has already launched a counter-offensive against the perpetrators in Namrup area,� he said.

Sanjay Bharati (45) and Gopal Shah (23), both workers of a stone crusher unit at Dillighat sustained bullet injuries during the indiscriminate firing by the ULFA (I). �It was around 7:30 PM when about four masked men appeared before us and fired bullets. Two of our colleagues managed to escape, but we were shot at instantly,� the injured victim told the visiting Minister from his bed. Sanjay Bharati sustained bullet injury near his neck while Gopal Shah was shot in the stomach and on his right leg. The condition of the both the injured are stable, Dr Ratan Kotoky, Principal of AMCH said.

Inspector General of Police (Law and Order) S N Singh also met the victims and later rushed to the incident site at Namrup.

Naharkatia MLA and former Minister Pranati Phukan also visited the Surgical Unit of the medical college. It may be recalled that four months back a similar incident of firing on non-Assamese speaking people was carried out by unidentified men at Pengeri in Tinsukia district.

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GUWAHATI, Dec 1 - Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today directed the Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police (DGP) to deal firmly with the United Liberation Front of Asom {ULFA (Independent)} involved in a shooting spree at a stone crusher plant at Namrup in Dibrugarh district last night, said an official press release here this afternoon.

Chief Minister Gogoi asked Chief Secretary VK Pipersenia and newly appointed DGP Mukesh Sahay to step up offensive against the ULFA (I) and the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-K) as well.

Meanwhile, Gogoi had a telephonic talk with GoC 3 Corps this morning regarding last night�s incident and on matters related to intensified combing operation to nab the ultras.

Gogoi said he would take up the issue of an all-out operation against the ULFA (I) and the NSCN (K) with the Centre to bust the camps of these militant groups in neighbouring Myanmar.

The Chief Minister asked the Chief Secretary to formulate an effective action plan for further strengthening the law and order machinery in view of the threats from the militants. Gogoi said the administration has to gear up to counter the threats and to come up to the expectations of the people, the press release said.

Our Dibrugarh Staff Correspondent adds: In the meantime, two special commando teams have been rushed to Namrup in the wake of last night�s indiscriminate firing reportedly by ULFA (I) upon two workers of a stone crusher unit at Dillighat to track down the perpetrators, Atuwa Munda, Minister for Forest and Environment told newsmen in Dibrugarh today.

The Minister, who paid a visit to the injured victims at the Assam Medical College and Hospital (AMCH) in Dibrugarh, said that the police, Army and paramilitary forces have been put on high alert following the incident and security has been beefed up in all the vulnerable areas within the State. �Police has already launched a counter-offensive against the perpetrators in Namrup area,� he said.

Sanjay Bharati (45) and Gopal Shah (23), both workers of a stone crusher unit at Dillighat sustained bullet injuries during the indiscriminate firing by the ULFA (I). �It was around 7:30 PM when about four masked men appeared before us and fired bullets. Two of our colleagues managed to escape, but we were shot at instantly,� the injured victim told the visiting Minister from his bed. Sanjay Bharati sustained bullet injury near his neck while Gopal Shah was shot in the stomach and on his right leg. The condition of the both the injured are stable, Dr Ratan Kotoky, Principal of AMCH said.

Inspector General of Police (Law and Order) S N Singh also met the victims and later rushed to the incident site at Namrup.

Naharkatia MLA and former Minister Pranati Phukan also visited the Surgical Unit of the medical college. It may be recalled that four months back a similar incident of firing on non-Assamese speaking people was carried out by unidentified men at Pengeri in Tinsukia district.

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