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ULFA General Council meets in Guwahati jail

india Updated: May 29, 2010 14:08 IST
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ULFA's General Council, led by the outfit's jailed chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa, met today at the Guwahati Central Jail to take a decision regarding peace talks with the government.

According to ULFA publicity secretary Mithinga Daimary, the General Council meeting was held in response to the government's invitation for peace talks.

Rajkhowa, who is in jail, was joined by ULFA vice chairman Pradip Gogoi and Mithinga Daimary from outside, as intense discussions were held with the Council's jailed leaders.

The modalities of the talks and where they would be held was yet to be decided as the discussion was in the initial stage, Daimary said.

The Council members were also hopeful that the banned underground orgnisation's Commander-in-Chief Paresh Baruah, still at large, would abide by their decision on the talks.

The issue of ULFA General Secretary Anup Chetia, now in a Bangladesh jail, was also discussed at the meeting, he added.

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi had announced here on Wednesday that his cabinet had taken a decision to hold talks with ULFA irrespective of whether Paresh Barua came for negotiations or not.

Among the ULFA's 15-member General Council, six are in judicial custody, including Rajkhowa, two -- Pradip Gogoi and Mithinga Daimary -- have been released on bail, three members are missing since the Bhutan operations in 2003.

Another member, Robin Handique, died in Tezpur Jail after he was brought there following the Bhutan operations and Jibon Moran is at large.