ULFA 'commander-in-chief' Paresh Baruah on Sunday termed as a "moral victory" the assertion of his arrested chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa that he has not surrendered and will not hold talks with the government in handcuffs.
In an e-mailed statement to the media, Baruah said Rajkhowa had "showed his strength despite his mental and physical torture" when he told reporters at the Kamrup Chief Judicial Magistrate Court premises on Saturday that he had not surrendered and would never do so.
He also said that Rajkhowa had categorically stated that talks cannot be held with him being in handcuffs and that prisoners cannot negotiate.
The scene at the CJM Court premises yesterday where the outfit's supporters shouted slogans in favour of the ULFA and its leaders, was also a moral victory for the outfit, "as it showed the people's support for us," Baruah said.
Claiming the ULFA has mass support, Baruah said, "ULFA is very much alive, our struggle will never end and the people of Assam are with us".