GUWAHATI, Nov 24: Paresh Baruah led United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent) Saturday claimed the responsibility of the IED explosion at a hardware shop at Demow Chariali in Upper Assam’s Sivasagar district, which claimed two persons on Thursday evening.
However, the outfit rejecting the charges brought by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) that the outfit is involved in the Kheronibari shootout in which five Bengali speaking persons were killed at dhola in Tinsukia district on November 1, last.
In a press release here on Saturday, the ULFA(I) assistant secretary of publicity and information, Major Arunoday Asom said, “Through this press statement, we the ULFA[I] would like to take the responsibility of the Demow incident in Sivasagar district that took place on November 22. Sooner or later sternmost consequences are obvious for those who betray us. Gupta was not our target, our hearts go to his family.”
The ULFA(I) slammed NIA for accusing the armed outfit for the Kheronibari shoot out in which five Bengali speaking persons were killed on November 1.
The NIA has already submitted a preliminary investigation report stating that ULFA(I) was responsible for the shoot out.
“We have noticed the NIA has submitted a preliminary report on the killings that happened in Dhola in Tinsukia district on November 1, 2018 and accused us for the incident. Our organisation made it clear in our earlier press statement that we are not involved anyway in the killing and again through this press statement we vehemently reject this accusation and challenge the NIA to inform the people of Asom and us on what ground and proof they are accusing our organisation for that killing,” the statement said.
“It is well known fact that when the government machineries are involved in any killings, the killers are never brought to book and in the name of investigation, the investigative agencies always deviate the minds of people, accuse other organisation like ULFA[I] and the truth never prevails, We, therefore reject this report as this is a reflection of their propaganda, which is false and contrary to the facts”, the statement said.
“If NIA and Assam Police claim to be so efficient, we challenge them to inform the people of Asom about the findings of their investigations with regard to the secret killings happened in Asom, killings of Parag Das and Lafiqul Islam and whereabouts of Reboti Phukon, whose fate till date is in dark,” the statement said.
“There is no need to repeat how corrupt and immoral are the investigative agencies like RAW, NIA, CBI, CID and MI under the government. Though, we feel IB is slightly different from the rest, however, they are not above suspicion as the recent row on bribery & corruption is a glaring example. NIA is not holier either. We along with the people of Asom have understood that the investigative agencies like NIA are being used as tools by the government and ruling BJP to fulfill their vindictive agenda.” The statement also said.
“We would like to remind NIA once again that way back in 2008 that in the investigative agencies preliminary report accused us for the serial bomb blast in Guwahati, however the truth prevailed at the end,” it added.