GUWAHATI, Oct 14 � The State Government today claimed that the security measures taken by it have led to a steep fall in the anti-national activities of fundamentalist forces in the State, said an official press release here.
Reacting strongly to the allegation by the All Assam Students� Union (AASU) of inaction by it in curbing the activities of fundamentalist forces and infiltration from across the border, the State Government said that stepped-up security measures have led to a drastic fall in the activities of fundamentalist and nefarious forces in the State.
�The State Government is aware of certain external and internal forces that include insurgent groups, joining hands and trying to set up a strong base in the State and the whole of the North Eastern region with the sinister design of destabilising the country. Certain jihadi forces are at work trying to wean away some youths to join their rank and file,� it said, adding, �Had it not been for the strong measures taken by the law enforcing agencies with inputs from the intelligence agencies, the anti-national activities of certain fundamentalist groups would have assumed alarming proportions in the State.�
Prompt action by the law enforcing agencies had led to the arrest of cadres belonging to Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami and Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh with arms and incriminating documents. Even a radical group, the Muslim United Liberation Tigers of Assam (MULTA), founded in the 1990s, has become a non-entity due to stepped-up operations against it.
The State Government has also asked the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to probe specific cases of terrorist attacks so that the conspiracy angle come out into the open.