GUWAHATI, Oct 23 � No one should try to divide the greater Assamese society in the name of religion, said the commander in chief of the United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent), Paresh Baruah. He also asserted that the ULFA(I) would never join hands with any fundamentalist force.
Talking to The Assam Tribune, Baruah said the ULFA was not formed on the basis of any religion and the outfit would never join hands with any fundamentalist force. Reacting to Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi�s statement that the ULFA(I) had links with fundamentalist forces, Baruah said, �Gogoi should refrain from making childish statements. We challenge him to prove his statement on the ULFA maintaining links with any fundamentalist force.�
Baruah said some people were trying to divide the Assamese society in the name of religion for their personal gains and very often, a section of political leaders make such efforts before the elections. �No one should divide the society by terming some sections of people as minorities and some as majorities. There should not be any such division in the Assamese society.� He also asserted that the ULFA(I) would try its best to prevent any such attempt to divide the Assamese society.
The ULFA leader pointed out that for hundreds of years, all sections of the Assamese people have been living together irrespective of their religious beliefs. �Those trying to divide the society on the basis of religion should also remember the fact that Bagh Hazarika fought along with Lachit Borphukan to thwart the invasion bid of the Mughals,� he said.
On the reports of activities of fundamentalist forces like the Jamaat-ul-Mujaheedin, Bangladesh (JMB) in Assam, Baruah alleged that such organizations were creations of political parties. He alleged that the JMB was created in Bangladesh by some political leaders of Bangladesh to create political chaos in that country and now the organization has gone out of control of the parties.
Baruah pointed out that several such organizations were created by the governments of different countries and later the same countries had to fight hard to control the outfits. The Americans used the Talibans to launch attacks on the Russians, but later the Americans had to fight the Talibans when they went out of control. �We must understand who created Al Qaeda. Similarly, there must be third party involvement in the creation of the ISIS,� he added.
The ULFA leader further pointed out that no political party made any effort to solve the problem of infiltration of foreigners to Assam because of political interests. The present political parties of the country will never be able to raise above their political interests and work for the interest of the bonafide citizens of Assam, he alleged.