Finally, the division in ULFA once again seems inevitable after Paresh Barua had rejected the proposed peace talks led by ULFA chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa with government of India ( GOI) scheduled to be held on 10th February 2011 in New Delhi.
In a statement to the media, publicity wing in charge of the ULFA, Arunodoi Dohotiya said that a meeting of the ULFA was held in the general headquarters of the outfit on February 5 and 6 to discuss the present situation. The meeting was attended among others, by Paresh Barua and Jiban Moran, the statement said.
The pro-talk group led by Arabinda Rajkhowa, Sasha Choudhuri, Raju Das etc have been released on bail by Assam government. They had previously held ‘General Council’ meeting in Assam’s Nalbari district and passed resolution to sit for unconditional talks with government of India.
The division of opinion and likely split came into speculation as soon as ULFA military chief Paresh Barua sent photo and video clip of himself along with armed cadres to media.
Also when, ULFA organised their General Council meeting, though Paresh BArua was invited, he could not attend the meeting. This seems a joke. ULFA has no ceasefire agreement with Government, neither government offered any safe passage to ULFA cadres for the ULFA general councils meeting. Paresh Barua is supposed to be hiding in Myanmar/China border and how was he supposed to attend the General Council meeting held somewhere in Nalbari, Assam in India ? Interestingly, all ULFA leaders released on bail attended the General Council meeting.
It is also interesting to observe government of India holding talks with ULFA leaders who have been arrested and jailed while fully aware of knowing about other position on talks by ULFA leaders who have not been arrested so far.
So, now there is a genuine question mark how this peace talks between ULFA and GOI will bring any peace to Assam.