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Whose failure brews bloodbath?

Bloodbath is back to Assam where NDFB-S militants mowed down no less than 50 people, mostly Advasi, in five dreaded serial attacks in Kokrajhar and Sonitpur districts. The simultaneous attacks in Serfung guri and Ultapani in Kokrajhar and Biswanath Chariali and Dhekiajuli areas are believed to be the backlash of the ongoing crackdown against the militants in both the districts. But how the militants managed to launch the dreaded attacks amid the combing operations? Does it suggest intelligence failure? The answer is precisely ‘yes’. Intelligence failure is not new for the government to be blamed for dastard killing of dozens of innocent people. Sources told Assam Times that there was intelligence inputs with the authorities that the counter offensive against NDFB-S might result in a backlash. But the authorities concentrated security only of the religious minority people in the BTAD areas. Is it a fact? Isn’t it a dubious attempt to save the face of the intelligence agencies? They gathered inputs on the possible attacks but selected only the religious minority people in a particular area. Indo-Bhutan border has been a safe route for the Bodo militants. Had there been enough security forces to prevent the militants from sneaking into the neighbouring country, they could not have struck in Ultapani where at least 4 people were killed. NDFB’s twin attacks in Sonitpur district also suggest the same shameless intelligence failure. How the militants hiding in Arunachal Pradesh managed to unleash dreaded attacks on the innocent people amid the counter insurgency operations? Why the security forces failed to clear the Paboi reserve forest areas of the militants? How the intelligence report failed to outline the growing militant activities inside the forest areas. That too amid a strong counter insurgency operation along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh inter state border. To top it all, the serial attacks clearly suggest the repeated intelligence failure. It, precisely, is nothing but the system failure where the common people have to bear the brunt. Now it is believed that the Adivasi people have become the soft target of the NDFB-S fearing that the security forces extract information from these people living in the outskirt of the jungles. Then why maximum security was not concentrated for the Adivasi people at a time when an intensified counter insurgency operation is in progress. At least 7 hardcore NDFB-S militants were killed in a series of encounter with security forces during the last one month in Kokrajhar and Sonitpur districts. The security managers are desperately trying to cover up their failure by beating about the bushes. Intelligence agencies are known for lame excuse. The government would talk of the tight security measures. But who would save the innocent lots?

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