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Free passage to insurgents during Bihu: Assam CM

Last Updated: Friday, December 31, 2010 - 18:31

Guwahati: Free passage would be given to
all insurgent outfits during the upcoming Bhogali Bihu
festival, while the government is keen to hold peace talks
with the ULFA at the earliest, Assam chief minister Tarun
Gogoi said on Friday.
"As a goodwill gesture the militants would be allowed
to move about freely to celebrate Bihu with their family and
friends," Gogoi said on the sidelines of a meeting here.

The government is also eager to hold talks with the
ULFA as soon as possible even without the presence of the
outfit`s elusive `commander-in-chief` Paresh Baruah, for whom
the doors were always open to take part in the parleys, he
Gogoi dismissed as "baseless" the Opposition AGP
leader and former chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta`s
assertion yesterday that peace talks with the ULFA would be
futile without the participation of Paresh Baruah.


First Published: Friday, December 31, 2010 - 18:31

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