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PM: We will take on ULFA

Dibrugarh, January 16
Visiting the people traumatised by the recent ULFA mayhem in Assam, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today assured full security to Hindi-speaking migrants and gave a tough message to militant outfits that there would be no compromise if they resorted to violence.

He, however, said the government would keep the doors for dialogue with insurgents, including ULFA, open if the banned outfit shunned violence. “The ULFA resorted to shameless and gruesome acts of terror and there will be no compromise with these groups if they resort to violence”, he told reporters here.

"At the same time, I would like to reiterate that the doors for dialogue are open to all disaffected groups, including ULFA, who are willing to abjure violence," he said after meeting violence-hit families and sharing their grief in Moran in Sibsagar district and Mossaldhar Chapori in Tinsukia district.

Making it clear that there was no room for violence and it would not be tolerated, the Prime Minister appealed "to all sections of the society to forgo violence as a means to resolve problems. I also emphasise that all problems can be sorted out through dialogue".

He said the government's “openness” for talks should not be taken as a sign of weakness. “The state has an obligation to provide security and protection to the lives of its law-abiding citizens. This we will discharge, let there be no doubt on that score”.

"Surveys are repeatedly showing that there is absolutely no support in Assam for acts of violence and terror. There is a surge of anti-ULFA sentiment. People want to get on with their lives and improve their lot rather than be victims of fear and terror," he said. “I am sure that if we persist with the process of dialogue, a solution can certainly be found in Assam today just as it has been found for many other groups and entities,” the Prime Minister said.

In Mussaldhar Chapori, he met family members of 32 victims of ULFA at a relief camp here, where 13 migrant labourers were killed on the night of January 5, and assured them that both the Centre and the state government was committed to providing full security.

“As the Prime Minister, I assure you that all Indians share your tragedy and will provide support to all of you (Sara Bharat aapka dukh samajhta hai. Sara desh aapke saath hai)", he told them — PTI



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