Union Home Minister P Chidamabaram, who came to Assam after NDFB ( National Democratic Front of Bodoland) killed more than 24 Indian citizens after security forces killed one NDFB member in an encounter. It may be mentioned quickly that, NDFB threatened to kill at least 10 Indian citizen, security forces for every NDFB cadre killed.
P Chidamabaram has asked security forces engaged in counter insurgency operation in Assam for last 30 years, to launch an “all-out” operation against the ultras and tackle them with an “iron hand”. Referring to the recent massacre by the outfit in the state since Monday, he said “all violent activities of NDFB anti-talk faction will be tackled with an iron hand”.
Chidamabaram, who held a meeting with Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, top army and paramilitary commanders, senior police and civil officials during his brief visit here, told reporters that he had directed the security forces to take a ‘tough stand’ against the outfit and tackle the situation with a ‘strong hand’.
The security forces had been instructed to take immediate measures to arrest those involved and to deal with them sternly, he said.
The Centre, said Chidambaram, has no objection to holding talks with all outfits provided they abjure violence as dialogue is the only way to solve problems”.
Expressing displeasure over the stand taken by the NDFB (anti-talk group) in resolving the Bodo issue, the Home Minister said its arrested chairman Ranjan Daimary was not interested in keeping the situation under control.
The banned outfit had threatened that if any of its cadres was killed, at least 20 people – security forces or civilians – would be killed and they carried out their threat killing 24 people since November 8. It had reissued the threat yesterday.
“The outfit has not yet submitted its charter of demands but has given indication that they want more autonomy for the Bodos,” Chidambaram said adding the outfit is not happy with the functioning of the Bodoland Territorial Council and is also not eager for talks with the government.
Though P Chidambaram has ordered tough action against perpetrators of heinous terrorism, but like in the past, we hope this would not end up as mere rhetoric.