‘Secret Killings’ In Assam: Tarun Gogoi Counter Attacks Former Top Cop, Dubs Allegations As ‘Baseless’

Former Assam DGP GM Srivastava and former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi
Former Assam DGP GM Srivastava and former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi. Photo: TIME8

Guwahati, March 14, 2019

The three-time Assam Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Tarun Gogoi on March 14th, 2019 refuted the allegations put forward by former Assam Director General of Police Ghanashyam Murari Srivastava that the banned militant outfit United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) helped the Congress to come into power in the 2001 state Assembly elections. Gogoi claimed that the party was always against militancy.

The octogenarian leader questioned, “If we had really taken the help of ULFA, then what was the ruling BJP doing at that time? Why they didn’t order a probe?”

GM Srivastava, who also served as DGP of Tripura, on March 11th, 2019 accused the Congress of having a nexus with the ULFA-I and said, “ULFA was directly involved in Assam’s Assembly elections in 2001. The outfit group helped the party win the elections.”

“We had intercepted a message of ULFA commander-in-chief Paresh Baruah, wherein he passed an order to their comrades to attack the candidates of Assam Gana Parishad (AGP). In the same message, he ordered the men to kill the candidates of another political party as well,” Srivastava said.

Gogoi further said, “I would say that the BJP along with AGP leader Prafulla Mahanta orchestrated the secret killings in Assam.”

It may be mentioned that September 4th, 2019, the Gauhati high court dismissed the findings on extra-judicial killings in Assam quashed the report.