Judiciary to decide cases faced by militants involved in talks: Assam govt

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 14:20

Guwahati: The Assam government on Tuesday said it will not interfere in judicial matters of cases involving leaders and cadres of militant groups engaged in peace talks.

Minister for Panchayat and Rural Development Rockybul Hussain told the Assembly that while the state government gave full support to talks between the Centre and militant groups, it was up to the judiciary to decide bail pleas and related issues of arrested militants.

On the peace talks between the Ranjan Daimary faction of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland and the Centre, Hussain said that the central government`s interlocutor P C Haldar had held several rounds of talks with Daimary, who is lodged in Guwahati Central Jail.

"NDRF(R) had in August 2011 declared unilateral ceasefire and so the Centre entrusted Haldar to play the role of interlocutor. We have given our support to the talks," he said.

Hussain said that the CBI was investigating the October 2008 serial blasts in various parts of Assam, in which Daimary is an accused.

Earlier during zero hour, All India United Democratic Front member Sherman Ali Ahmed said that militant leaders who were holding peace talks should not be treated like VIPs.

"We welcome the peace talks but we believe that negotiations can take place even while they (militant leaders) are in custody. The government should review its policy," Ahmed said.

He said while Daimary was the prime accused in the October 2008 serial blasts in which over 100 people were killed, ULFA leaders were accused in the Independence Day blast in Dhemaji in 2004 when scores of school children were killed.

"Today the government is negotiating with militants who committed such crimes. Tomorrow they will be treated as VIPs ... What will the kin of the serial blasts victims or the parents of the innocent children who died in Dhemaji feel when they see the perpetrators being treated like VIPs?" he asked.

"Do we want to create more people like Ranjan Daimary and (ULFA leader) Paresh Baruah?" Ahmed questioned.

The AIUDF leader said the Forum for Terrorists Victim Family, Assam, floated by family members of victims of terrorists attacks in the state, had objected to grant of bail to Daimary.


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First Published: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 14:20

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