Assam government`s efforts sincere for peace talks: ULFA

The ULFA today acknowledged Assam government`s efforts for peace talks with the outfit as `sincere` but said a conducive atmosphere for the parleys was yet to be created.

Guwahati: The ULFA today acknowledged Assam
government`s efforts for peace talks with the outfit as
`sincere` but said a conducive atmosphere for the parleys was
yet to be created as some of the top leaders were still in
jail.

"The government is sincere in taking the peace process
forward by not opposing the bail petitions of jailed ULFA
leaders," ULFA chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa told reporters after
production in connection with cases against him in the Kamrup
District Chief Judicial Magistrate`s court here.

"Conducive conditions for holding the talks between ULFA
and the government have, however, not been created as we are
still in jail though the environment for peace has been
created," Rajkhowa said.

"There will be no talks till we are in jail. Therefore, I
cannot divulge anyhing about the talks. Only after we come out
can I clearly speak about the modalities of the talks," the
ULFA leader, who was arrested late last year, said.

Rajkhowa was produced along with other ULFA leaders
Chitrabon Hazarika, Sasadhar Choudhury and Pronoti Deka for
hearing in cases against them.

ULFA`s octogenarian political advisor and idealogue
Bhimakanta Buragohain alias `Mama` was given bail by the
Sonitpur District and Sessions court on Friday but he was yet
to be released as sureties could not be produced.

Earlier, ULFA vice-chairman Pradip Gogoi and central
publicity secretary Mithinga Daimary were released on bail
with the government not opposing it.

Meanwhile, the hearing of the bail petition of ULFA
`deputy commander-in-chief` Raju Baruah today in a TADA
court was postposed to November one. Baruah`s bail petitions in three cases under TADA were to
have been taken up during the day.

Yesterday he was granted bail by a special TADA court
here in a murder case filed by CBI charging him with the
killing the then Tinsukia district superintendent of police R
P Singh and his driver on May 16, 1996.

With the government not opposing his petition, the ULFA
leader was granted bail.

-PTI

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