September 20: Days after al-Qaeda issued a video
threatening to carry out its campaign in India, Assam
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Saturday said the terror
group is trying to set up base in the state and had
"tacit understanding" with ULFA.
have got some information that al-Qaeda is trying to
gain access to Assam. We have taken steps to prevent any
such development and asked all concerned to remain
cautious," Gogoi told a press conference here.
global terrorist outfit had earlier too tried to set up
links in the north east and Assam in association with
insurgent groups here but failed to do so, he said.
specifically if al-Qaeda has any link with the banned
ULFA, Gogoi said, "I think they have links. Even if
there is no direct link as of now, they have tacit
understanding ... They never criticise each other."
Chief Minister said security forces have received
intelligence report that there are possibilities of some
incidents during the forthcoming Durga Puja.
if repeated violence in Bodoland Territorial Area
Districts and other parts of the state, where primarily
one community has been affected in recent years, are to
be blamed for Islamic fundamentalist groups like al-Qaeda's
possible entry to Assam, Gogoi said "These are in
any case disturbing factors. These incidents help
this week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said Indian
Muslims will live and die for the country and would not
dance to the tune of al-Qaeda.
September 4, the Centre had sounded a country-wide alert
after an al-Qaeda video surfaced in which the terror
outfit threatened to carry out campaign in India and the
initial assessment of Intelligence Bureau found the tape
to be genuine.
US media and intelligence agencies had said al-Qaeda has
established a new branch to wage 'jihad' in India,
return the Islamic rule and impose sharia in the Indian