Atmosphere still not conducive for talks : ULFA Chairman

According to outlawed and jailed ULFA ( United Liberation Front Of Asom), Arabinda Rajkhuwa, the atmosphere is still not conducive for talks with government as jailed ULFA leaders are not released yet. He has ruled out talks with government of India, unless ULFA leaders are released from jail.

Rajkhowa told this while he was being produced in the Chief Judicial Magistrate’s court on Wednesday. The other ULFA leaders who were produced in the court include Sasha Choudhury, Chitraban Hazarika, Pranati Deka, Raju Baruah of which Raju Baruah and Pranati Deka have applied for bail.

It may be mentioned that, recently ULFA patriarch Bhimkanta Buragohain alias mama has been released on bail. Though there were some doubt about his release initially when government lawyer opposed his bail application, but finally he was granted bail.

In another development, Raju Barua, who is accused of killing high ranking police officer IPS RK Singh, the then SP of Tinsukia district on May 16, 1996 and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has already filed the chargesheet of the case.

It is interesting note that, government has been following all its sovereign principles and ULFA leaders are being treated mere ‘criminals’. Though government is confident of holding talks with ULFA, but they are releasing them through Indian judicial procedure.

While in case of other insurgent groups in North East India, like NSCN (IM), government have provided their cadres with designated camps and there is no question of putting them jails or procedures of bail in courts for release.

Rather, when ever NSCN (IM) leader Isaac Muivah visits India, he is provided with Z Plus Category security. The contrasting treatment to ULFA chairman is quite striking not to notice. Arabinda Rajkhuwa is handcuffed like petty criminal.

Most probably, this is government’s way of sending out tough message to all insurgent groups in North East India to lay down arms and come to negotiating table.

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