SILCHAR: Maoists are eyeing Assam University, Silchar and the tea gardens in the Barak Valley to use as platforms for cadre recruitment, training them and spreading red terror in the region, alleged Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) spokesman Pradeep Dutta Roy.
He, however, appreciated the government’s promptness in curbing the menace at the nascent stage, on the basis of reports of unlawful activities pouring in from different quarters. Roy, a Congress functionary and founder-president of All Cachar Karimganj Hailakandi Students’ Association (ACKHSA), said the tea gardens were soft targets as joblessness is plaguing the locals. The region’s poor economic condition was making it easier for the Maoists to gain ground here, he said.
“DGP Jayanta Narayan Chawdhary, during his visit to Silchar on Sunday, informed that the Maoists had already held a couple of meetings in the tea gardens here. This reinforces our fear of Maoist activities in this part of the state. Earlier, we had expressed our concern through a memorandum to Assam governor J B Patnaik during his recent visit to the valley. We are happy that the government has started working on it,” said the Congress leader. Roy said every year at least 600 to 700 students enroll themselves in the Assam university. Students from Maoist-hit Odhisa, Bihar, Jharkhand, Midnapur, too, come here. The government should take steps to ensure that these educated unemployed youths don not fall prey to Maoists, added Roy.