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ULFA(I) attack condemned

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Dec 2 - The Purvottar Marwari Sammelan has condemned the recent attack on Hindi-speaking people in Namrup township and urged Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and the State government to ensure security to each and every citizen, irrespective of their caste, creed and community.

In a statement, Purvottar Marwari Sammelan spokesman Bikash Gupta said the Hindi-speaking people are an integral part of the composite Assamese society, who have been living in Assam for generations in peace.

Gupta said the attack on the group of people at the stone-crusher unit at Namrup by the ULFA (Independent) was not just an attack on any particular community, but on the people of Assam as a whole. �The attack is like any other attack of the militants on unarmed civilians that have taken place in Assam in the past and it should not be considered that only members of a particular community have been targeted by the militants,� he added.

The Sammelan also condemned the Congress-led State government for failing to ensure security to the people, and said that it was the duty of the government to provide security to people of every community in the State.

The Sammelan has also urged the people to maintain restraint, as different sections might try to take advantage of the situation and try to incite one particular community against others ahead of next year�s Assembly polls, affecting communal harmony.

The Sammelan has also urged the Chief Minister to make sure that security arrangements are beefed up depending on the necessity and that there should be deployment of forces even in the remotest places so that the militants cannot take advantage of the situation.

�Such attacks on any community will lead to a deterioration of law and order, which will negatively impact investments in Assam from outside the State,� Gupta said.

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