The ULFA leadership has discussed the modalities for peace talks which would be made public soon, ULFA 'Deputy commander-in-chief' Raju Baruah said after being released from jail on Saturday.
"A positive atmosphere has already been created with the government not opposing our bail and we hope a respectable solution will be soon found," the ULFA leader told reporters after he arrived to a warm welcome at his home in Charia in Nalbari district after being released from Gauhati Central Jail.
"During the last 25 years of my involvement with ULFA, I have never asked the people of the state to pick up the gun but now I appeal to them to help us resolve the issue," he said.
"ULFA realises that if the people are not involved in the talks process, there can be no permanent solution to the problem. We will not take any decision keeping the people in the dark," Barua said.
"If the people of Assam do not want us to sit for talks, we will not go ahead because we realise that if the common people are not involved, the talks will fail," the once-dreaded ULFA leader, who was granted bail in two TADA cases and a CBI case yesterday by the additional sessions judge, Kamrup, said.
Earlier in Guwahati, he said all jailed ULFA leaders should be released as soon as possible for the peace talks with the government.
Baruah had been handed over to the Indian authorities by Bangladesh Rifles along with ULFA chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa last year.