In a warning to ULFA cadres ahead of the proposed peace talks, the Centre on Monday said the militant outfit's actions like the extortion notice to RBI vitiated the process and asked it to ensure "a peaceful and conducive" environment to facilitate release of five détentes.
After a marathon review meeting with Assam Chief Secretary S Kabilan and Director General of Police DN Dutta in the wake of the Rs 15 lakh ransom demanded by ULFA from RBI, Union Home Secretary VK Duggal said that the outfit should desist from "pinpricks".
Duggal also said that the ULFA should give an assurance that a peaceful atmosphere would be created and nothing untoward would happen.
"The Government is committed to pursue the process of talks to ensure lasting peace in Assam...It had been agreed that a peaceful atmosphere will be created in Assam which will be conducive to hold direct talks between ULFA and the Government. Issuance of extortion notices, etc, vitiate the ongoing peace process," he said in a statement.
Duggal hoped that ULFA will set the process in motion at the earliest by ensuring a peaceful and conducive environment for holding direct talks with the Government and said the process of release of ULFA détentes will start only after "we receive an assurance".
"As this process is initiated by ULFA, the consideration for release of five ULFA détentes in consultation with the Assam Government will also be started," he said.