Guwahati: The outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) has exactly split with a faction headed by the subtle commander-in-chief Paresh Barua on Wednesday coming down hard on the peace talks led by Chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa.
The ULFA commander-in-chief was reacting to media reports on Wednesday quoting Rajkhowa that latest statement by Arundoi Dohotia regarding the peace talks was his own and did not have the agreement of Barua.
Praesh Barua said in a statement “There should not be any confusion regarding the position of the ULFA as the so-called peace talks with the government are concerned.”
But Rajkhowa told to the local media “ULFA will split only if Paresh Barua comes up with a signed statement that he does not favour a political solution and instead wants a military solution. We believe Dohotia’s statements are his own.”
Preceding week, seven top ULFA leaders led by Rajkhowa held the 1st formal round of peace talks in New Delhi chaired by Home Minister P Chidambaram.
The hardliners led by the Barua rejected the talks and the charter of demands submitted by the Rajkhowa group to the government.
The ULFA is now almost divided and split into 2 factions is apparent from the sturdily worded statement by Barua, hiding somewhere along the Myanmar-China border.
Barua said that “I appeal to all those who are trying to create confusion to come back to the ULFA fold once again.”