GUWAHATI, Sept 4: The anti-talk faction of ULFA (Independent) has asked two public sector power companies, North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO) and National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC) to quit the region or face ‘military action’.
At the same time, the proscribed organisation issued a diktat to the BJP-led Assam government, asking it to change the names of schools and colleges christened after ‘imported’ Indian leaders, and replace them with eminent sons of the soil within six months failing which it would take `punitive’ action against those institutions if they fail to comply.
Assam government is setting up 25 colleges in the name of BJP ideologue Deendayal Upadhyaya. This has sparked sharp reactions from different quarters. Ulfa publicity secretary Arunodoi Asom in a statement questioned the government’s motive behind setting up a university after Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore.
In a statement e-mailed to the media here, the banned insurgent group blamed the huge volume of water released from the dam of the NEEPCO’s 405 MW Ranganadi hydro-electric project for the recent devastating flood in Lakhimpur district of Assam.
The outfit observed that if a 405 MW power project could cause such misery to the people, then the 2000 MW Lower Subansiri Hydro Power Project that was being constructed by the NHPC in Arunachal Pradesh would cause catastrophe in Assam valley.
“While NEEPCO’s 405-MW Ranganadi hydel project caused such havoc, it is easily understood what disaster is in store in NHPC’s 2000-MW Lower Subansiri project. It will wipe out the entire downstream area.
Hence both companies should shut down their operations in this (Western South-East Asia) region.
“Otherwise ULFA(I) will carry out a military action against them,” Arunoday Asom said.
It also asked the people employed with the two hydel projects to find alternative jobs elsewhere. “Our target is not the employees, but the two companies. Hence, the employees and workers are asked to find jobs elsewhere within the next six months,” it said.
The outfit also asked the government to immediately rename all educational institutions currently named after different “Marwari, Bihari, Rajasthani and other outsider Indians” persons after different eminent indigenous personalities of Assam.
The ULFA faction also prescribed a list of names of eminent indigenous personalities of Assam who had made significant contributions to the social, cultural and economic development of the state and asked the state government to pick up names from this list to name institutions after these personalities.