Guwahati: The banned Assam-based
militant outfit ULFA on Wednesday rejected Union Home Minister P
Chidambaram`s offer for peace talks echoing their chairman
Arabinda Rajkhowa`s stand "no peace talks with ULFA leaders in
"The ULFA leaders cannot sit for peace talks from jail
with handcuffs," jailed ULFA ideologue Bhimkanta Buragohain
told reporters in Tezpur where he was produced before a fast
The leaders have to be free for convening meetings of the
ULFA`s highest decision making committee to decide on peace
talks, he said.
Buragohain, whose real name is Bishnujyoti Buragohain,
and is addressed as `mama` by ULFA cadres, accused Chidambaram
of not perceiving the sentiments of the local people.
"Chidambaram is not sensitive to the sentiments of the
people here. He is not fully aware about Assam`s situation,
including its economic problems and geographical set up," he
Buragohain also accused some intellectuals of the state
of acting as "brokers of the government for negotiating talks
between ULFA and government for their own interest".