Moran resident Abhijit Gogoi who has reportedly joined the banned ULFA(I)

Moran: Another youth from the state has reportedly joined the United Liberation Front of Assam (Independent) rebel group. The youth, Abhijit Gogoi, is a resident of Moran and was working as a software engineer in Bengaluru.

A video, which has surfaced on social media and is now going viral, explains the reason behind his decision to join the banned militant outfit.

The development comes at a time when there have been several reports of a section of youth from different parts of upper Assam joining ULFA(I). The latest video has once again put the security agencies in a tizzy.

In the video, Gogoi has clearly elaborated on various issues, including his decision to join the banned outfit. Coming down heavily on the various social organisations of the state, he said, “The unarmed social organisations have failed to lead the society. It’s really unfortunate for every Assamese as a whole. These organisations have lost confidence among the masses, especially the youth.”

He also termed these social bodies a “factory to create future politicians”.

Assamese society is passing through a massive crisis, he said, adding: “Under the present circumstances, we don’t know whom to trust.”

Brandishing a sophisticated AK series rifle and wearing a camouflage uniform, Gogoi shot the video in some undisclosed location.

He also appealed the new generation of Assamese people to raise their voice for the overall development of the state. “If you have nationalism in you, please think about our state and its people. Please express your nationalism and join the armed movement,” he added.

In the video, Gogoi says that after completing his BSc in science and technology from SRM University in Chennai in 2012, he joined an MNC as a software engineer in Bengaluru. He also completed his MBA from a business school in Bengaluru before working in various organisations in the capital city of Karnataka.

As part of his professional engagements, he also visited countries like Singapore, Australia and Malaysia. “My last professional assignment was with a Bengaluru-based company as a senior software engineer,” Gogoi added.

Urging the people of society to raise their voice against all wrongdoings, he said if society fails to do so, then the Assamese identity will disappear from the scene soon. “Like the indigenous people in Tripura and the US, the indigenous people of Assam will also lose their identity in future,” he said.

This is not the first time that a youth from Assam has come in front of the camera to reason out his or her decision to join the militant outfit. On October 24, EastMojo reported about how a student leader from Dergaon in Assam’s Golaghat district, who had gone ‘missing’ on September 5, apparently surfaced as an ULFA(I) rebel in a video that was widely circulated on social media.

In the video, Pankaj Pratim Dutta explained why he had to join the banned rebel outfit. Dutta claims he was the vice-president of Dergaon regional committee of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), the apex students’ body in the state.

Identifying himself, Dutta apologised to the students’ body members for joining the rebel outfit without their knowledge. He also talked about the Assamese identity and the need to protect it by achieving complete sovereignty.

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