Guwahati: ULFA`s General Council, led by the
outfit`s jailed chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa, met today at the
Guwahati Central Jail to take a decision regarding peace talks
with the government.
According to ULFA publicity secretary Mithinga Daimary,
the General Council meeting was held in response to the
government`s invitation for peace talks.
Rajkhowa, who is in jail, was joined by ULFA vice
chairman Pradip Gogoi and Mithinga Daimary from outside, as
intense discussions were held with the Council`s jailed
The modalities of the talks and where they would be held
was yet to be decided as the discussion was in the initial
stage, Daimary said.
The Council members were also hopeful that the banned
underground orgnisation`s Commander-in-Chief Paresh Baruah,
still at large, would abide by their decision on the talks.
The issue of ULFA General Secretary Anup Chetia, now in a
Bangladesh jail, was also discussed at the meeting, he added.
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi had announced here on
Wednesday that his cabinet had taken a decision to hold talks
with ULFA irrespective of whether Paresh Barua came for
negotiations or not.
Among the ULFA`s 15-member General Council, six are in
judicial custody, including Rajkhowa, two -- Pradip Gogoi and
Mithinga Daimary -- have been released on bail, three members
are missing since the Bhutan operations in 2003.
Another member, Robin Handique, died in Tezpur Jail after
he was brought there following the Bhutan operations and Jibon
Moran is at large.