Modalities of peace talks worked out : ULFA deputy `c-in c`

Raju Baruah said that all jailed ULFA leaders should be released as soon as possible for the peace talks with the government.

Guwahati: The ULFA leadership has discussed
the modalities for peace talks which would be made public
soon, ULFA `Deputy commander-in-chief` Raju Baruah said after
being released from jail Saturday.

"A positive atmosphere has already been created with the
government not opposing our bail and we hope a respectable
solution will be soon found," the ULFA leader told reporters
after he arrived to a warm welcome at his home in Charia in
Nalbari district after being released from Gauhati Central
Jail.

"During the last 25 years of my involvement with ULFA, I
have never asked the people of the state to pick up the gun
but now I appeal to them to help us resolve the issue," he
said.

"ULFA realises that if the people are not involved in the
talks process, there can be no permanent solution to the
problem. We will not take any decision keeping the people in
the dark," Barua said.

"If the people of Assam do not want us to sit for talks,
we will not go ahead because we realise that if the common
people are not involved, the talks will fail," the
once-dreaded ULFA leader, who was granted bail in two TADA
cases and a CBI case yesterday by the additional sessions
judge, Kamrup, said.

Earlier in Guwahati, he said all jailed ULFA leaders
should be released as soon as possible for the peace talks
with the government.

Baruah had been handed over to the Indian authorities
by Bangladesh Rifles along with ULFA chairman Arabinda
Rajkhowa last year.

PTI

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