Guwahati: Media reports quoting ULFA
chairman Arabindo Rajkhowa that his outfit procured weapons
and taken the help of the Pakistan government and the ISI were
not true, its elusive `command-in-chief` Paresh Baruah said on Wednesday.
"This allegation is completely baseless and such
reports have been made with a purpose. It is nothing new that
such malicious negative publicity is given to the ULFA, but
this time chairman Rajkhowa has been quoted," Baruah said in
an email to the media.
"We challenge those making such claims to prove with
direct or indirect evidence that we took weapons and other
help from Pakistani fundamentalists or the ISI," he said.
Stating that the ULFA did not encourage religious
fundamentalists, Baruah said "since the day the ULFA started
its armed struggle, such malicious campaigns have been
launched against us by the colonial rulers and they will
continue to do so."
ULFA `chairman` Arabinda Rajkhowa had yesterday had denied that the group was backed
by Pakistani Islamic fundamentalists.
Admitting that the ULFA did go to Pakistan when
`Operation Bajrang` was launched in Assam in 1990, Rajkhowa
now out on bail said, "Just because we went there, does not
mean that Pakistan gave us all our weapons."