Reflecting the differences in ULFA's top leadership, its elusive 'commander-in-chief' Paresh Baruah on Friday asked the group's 'chairman' Arabinda Rajkhowa not to fall into the "trap" of Indian government by holding a dialogue.
"I appeal to you not to fall into the trap of Indian government and declare your present stand keeping in mind the sacrifice of 12,000 martyrs who laid down their lives for an independent Assam as well as the people of Assam who crave for independence," he said in an email statement.
Baruah said Rajkhowa, 'military spokesman' Raju Baruah and another activist Raja Gogoi have been under the custody of security forces since December 2.
"The Indian government has 'hatched a dirty politics' in the name of initiating dialogue with the ULFA and we demand that the Indian government should desist from such an 'evil practice'," he said in the statement issued in Assamese.
Baruah also asked Rajkhowa to clarify his stand publicly as people of Assam have been in confusion and puzzled over the recent media reports about the latter's detention.
"Besides it is your (Rajkhowa) moral responsibility to clarify your present stand which will help clear the confusion and puzzle that is engulfing the minds of the people of Assam," he said.