Assam: CM urges insurgents to join peace process

Last Updated: Monday, August 15, 2011 - 19:15

Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Tarun
Gogoi on Monday appealed to the anti-talk ULFA group led by its
`commander-in-chief` Paresh Baruah and other insurgent outfits
to abjure violence and come for peace talks with the

"We urge the group led by Paresh Baruah to come from
the shadows of anti-national forces and be a part of the peace
process in Assam", Gogoi said in his address at the
Independence Day celebrations in the Latasil Parade ground

"The people of Assam want peace along with all round
development of the state. This is possible only through peace
and it has also been recognised today by those who had earlier
taken up arms", he said.

"The militancy groups still resorting to violence
are urged to give up their arms and return to the discussion
table", Gogoi said.

The chief minister, however, warned that government
operations against those extremist outfits indulging in
violence would continue for the security of the people.

"No problem can be solved through violence. Only
through discussions and democratic process issues can be
settled," he said.

"These cadres are members of our society...our
brothers and sisters. We don`t want loss of any human life. In
the interest of Assam`s development and progress all must give
up the path of violence", Gogoi said.

"A few days ago the pro-talk ULFA group had also
submitted their charter of demands to the union home
Minister", the Chief Minister said.

"ULFA pro-talk group under the leadership of its
chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa has declared unilateral indefinite
ceasefire. The Ranjan Daimary faction of the NDFB has also
declared a ceasefire from August one," Gogoi said.

Due to the efforts of the state government, he said,
the peace process had been initiated with the ULFA and other
militant outfits such as the United Peoples democratic
Society (UPDS), Dima Halam Daogah (DHD-Jewel) and Karbi
Longri National Liberation Front (KLNLF).

"My government`s efforts had also resulted in
ceasefire agreements with the DHD (Nunisa) group, UPDS, KLNLF,
NDFB (Dhiren Boro) group and Adivasi Cobra Militants of Assam
(ACMA)," Gogoi said.

He also asserted that due to the result-oriented
measures of his government during the last two terms had today
brought about tremendous improvement to the state`s law and
order situation.

"To many misguided youths have returned to the main
stream and violent activities are now on the wane. Most of the
insurgent groups have come forward for solving their problems
through discussions," Gogoi said.

The state government was also sincerely taking all
measures for restoration of permanent peace in the state, he


First Published: Monday, August 15, 2011 - 19:15

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