Guwahati/Sonitpur, Dec 25: Union Home minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday has termed the civilian killings by militants in Assam as an act of terror and not a mere case of insurgency. He warned of a zero tolerance policy towards terror groups like the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Sangbijit faction).
The Home Minister held a meeting with the district administration at Biswanath Chariali in violence-hit Sonitpur district.
Rajnath Singh, who arrived in the state on Wednesday evening to assess the situation, held a meeting with Assam Chief Minister and top security officials.
He said: “An unfortunate and shameful incident, Government of India has taken it very seriously. We have adopted a policy of zero tolerance towards terror groups, same policy will be applied on group responsible for this incident.”
Speaking to mediapersons in Sonitpur, he said: “Strong action will be taken against the NDFB (S), which massacred over 70 people in Assam on Tuesday. The Centre has zero tolerance policy for such acts and a similar policy will be adopted in this case too.”
Singh said: “Operations will definitely be launched against the outfit. The killing by the NDFB (S) is not an ordinary act of violence by a militant outfit, but an act of crafted terror.”
Singh further said that Union Minister for Tribal Affairs Jual Oram will be visiting the affected areas and will interact with the villagers.
He said: “I have held talks with the state government on issues related to border and area development of the affected areas. Oram, who accompanied me to Assam, will stay in the area, visit the affected villages, talk to the people and submit a report to the Centre soon.”
Rajnath Singh confirmed that operations will be launched against the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Sangbijit group), terming the spate of violence in Assam as ‘an act of crafted terror’.
On Tuesday, NDFB (S) militants killed over 70 people in the Sonitpur, Kokrajhar and Chirang districts of Assam, following which Rajnath Singh, accompanied by Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, on Wednesday held a meeting with Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and other senior state officials.
He assured that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) will probe the case thoroughly.
The ministers also stated that the Centre will provide Assam with additional companies of security forces.
(With Agency Inputs)