Saturday, March 19, 2011

Continued violence in Assam

Further to the grenade attack on the Congress Party's Assam headquarters and attack on BSF officers near the border with Bhutan, this week has also seen a grenade detonated outside an Asom Gana Parishad Party candidate's house and shots fired at a senior Congress Party member's house.

This apparent spike in political violence comes just a few weeks before the April 4 and 11 Assam elections.  The BJP has expressed concern about the violence and its impact on the elections, as has the central government, as reported by the Assam Tribune.

Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) is the third major party in Assam.  Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today claimed both the AGP and BJP have links with ULFA's hardline faction led by Paresh Baruah.  Three former ULFA militants will contest the elections.

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