ULFA anti-talk faction not to support ongoing talks
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Last Updated: Sunday, February 20, 2011, 20:15
Guwahati: The anti-talk faction of the ULFA, led by its 'Commander-in-Chief' Paresh Barua, said on Sunday that it would not support the ongoing talk process initiated by a section of the outfit with the government.

"We have already apprised the people of Assam that we will not compromise on the issue of Assam's sovereignty and the question of supporting the talks does not arise", anti-talk faction publicity in-charge Arunodoy Dohotiya said.

He claimed that ULFA Chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa and other leaders had to sit for the talks since they were now under the control of the "enemy camp".

The anti-talk faction had also issued a statement on Saturday threatening armed struggle and appealing to people to boycott meetings organised by Congress ministers, legislators and other leaders.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has, however, downplayed the threats to the Congress issued by the outfit's Paresh Barua faction ahead of Assam Assembly polls and asserted that peace talks with the ULFA held a "good future".

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, however, said he was not bothered about Barua's statement and his threat to launch armed struggle.

"They are always giving threats. There is nothing new in it and we are not bothered", Gogoi said.

Assam government spokesman Himanta Biswa Sarma said Barua should follow the path of Rajkhowa and join talks to ensure that peace returned to the state.


First Published: Sunday, February 20, 2011, 20:15

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