ULFA splits into talk and anti-talk factions

Guwahati, November 20 (IANS): The outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) has suffered a vertical split with the hardline faction led by its elusive commander-in-chief Paresh Baruah Sunday forming a new central committee by dropping the eight top rebel leaders now engaged in peace talks with New Delhi. “We have decided to have a new central committee comprising of 16 members and a standing committee with three members. We would also have three respectable individuals as political advisors to carry forward our goal for creation of an independent sovereign Assam,” said Arunodoi Dohotia, publicity chief of the ULFA (Paresh Baruah faction), in an email received by IANS.

The anti-talk faction in the same statement that the eight top leaders, including chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa, would be accepted back in the outfit if they realize their mistake of negotiating with the government. “If they realize their mistake or want to come back to our fold after the talks fail, we shall consider taking them back into the outfit,” the rebel statement said. The ULFA statement has clearly exposed chinks in the peace process.

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