No split, Rajkhowa in frequent touch with Baruah: ULFA
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Last Updated: Saturday, February 05, 2011, 18:56
Guwahati: There was no split in the ULFA as its 'chairman' Arabinda Rajkhowa and elusive 'commander-in-chief' Paresh Baruah were in frequent contact with each other, the proscribed group said on Saturday.

"There is no division in the ULFA. Paresh Baruah is still our commander-in-chief," ULFA 'vice-chairman' Pradip Gogoi told reporters here.

Supporting him, ULFA 'foreign secretary' Sasadhar Choudhury said Rajkhowa was in frequent touch with Baruah.

The ULFA would have its first round of talks with the Centre on February 10 in New Delhi.

"There is only communication gap with some of our leaders and cadres. We have not been able to contact them to inform them about the resolution of our central executive committee and the general council to go for unconditional peace talks with the government," said Gogoi.

"Unless and until he (Baruah) has formally rejected the resolution taken by our central executive committee and general council, ULFA has to say he is the c-in-c," Choudhury said.

When pointed out that Baruah recently sent a video to the media here reiterating ULFA's demand for sovereignty of Assam at a time when they were going for unconditional talks, he said, "The video was shot before the resolution was adopted for the peace talks."

However, within hours of the press conference by top ULFA leaders, its hardline faction said it would continue its struggle till "attainment of Assam's sovereignty".

In an e-mail to the media, a leader of the hardliners Arunuday Dohotia said, "We are ready to take any measures for Assam's sovereignty.

"If tomorrow our 'c-in-c' (Paresh Baruah) will say that Assam's sovereignty is an impossible task, then he too will be expelled from ULFA."


First Published: Saturday, February 05, 2011, 18:56

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