Preliminary talks held between pro-talk ULFA ( United Liberation Front of Asom) leaders and representative of Government of India and Government of Assam was held yesterday which lasted 90 minutes at North Block, New Delhi on Wednesday, 25th October 2011.
As per report, Pro-Talk ULFA was represented by ‘chairman’ Arabinda Rajkhowa, Foreign Secretary Shashadhar Choudhuri while Government of India was represented by union home secretary R.K. Singh and Jishnu Barua led government of Assam along with other top home ministry officials.
While this initial peace talks has raised hope that some lasting peace may return to the three decade old insurgency in Assam, but two other influential leaders of ULFA, Paresh Barua and Anup Chetia ( he is in Bangladesh jail) have not taken part in the discussion. Paresh Barua is the chief of the military wing of ULFA which has substantial support base in upper Assam as well as command loyalty of some hardcore ULFA cadres. Anup Chetia has spent more than 10 years in Bangladeshi jails and highly respected as one of the founding members among section of ULFA caders and sympathizers.
According to reports, ULFA leaders have already dropped ‘Sovereignty Of Assam’ demand but prepared a ‘charter of demands’ which is not public yet. While ULFA leaders described the talks cordial and positive, only time would tell how this peace talks turn out to be with absence of Paresh Barua.