New Delhi: The centre and state government on Saturday signed an agreement for suspension of operations (SoO) against Ulfa in New Delhi on Saturday. Three representatives of the group also signed the tripartite agreement to renounce violence from their end to lay the ground for starting the political dialogue.
However, the suspension of operation would be not be relevant to those Ulfa cadres who violates the ceasefire ground rules and government operations would prolong against those cadres, earlier deputy c-in-c of the group Raju Barua, who is one of the signatories, the reports said.
A small lump of the group led by the outfit’s commander-in-chief Paresh Baruah has rejected the decision taken by majority of the group to have dialogue with the government without the sovereignty demand on the agenda and has refused to abide by the independent ceasefire declared by the pro-talk faction a month back.
The centre was represented by the MHA joint secretary (North-East) Shambhu Singh, whereas the state government was represented by the home commissioner, Jishnu Barua and additional director general of police Khagen Sharma. On the other hand, Ulfa was represented by foreign secretary Shashadhar Chaudhuri, finance secretary Chitraban Hazarika and Raju Barua.
Raju Baruah said that “This meeting was more of a confidence building nature to ensure that the peace talks progress without any hitches. The suspension of operation was already there and we only formalized it today.”
The talks will take place each month and 1st political dialogue is likely to take place in the next meeting in October. This is the second effort by both government and Ulfa to find a solution through peace talks.