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"Unified Command in Assam following Kashmir pattern"

Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: Defence Minister A.K. Antony said here on Tuesday that that the Unified Command in Assam, spearheading the operations against the ULFA, was following the Kashmir pattern with Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi heading it.

Earlier, the Chief Secretary headed the Unified Command in Assam and the chief of the Army's 4 Corps was the chief operations executive. Mr. Antony said that the Centre was misled by intermediaries acting on behalf of the ULFA last year when they insisted that the militant organisation wanted peace. As a result, the Government suspended military operations from August 13 to September 24 even though the Army had opposed it.

"Many well-intentioned NGOs approached the Government. That is why the Government stopped the operations. We responded to well meaning social activists but that is not how everything went... ," he said.

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