'Ulfa chief planning strike with Maoist help'
United Liberation Front of Asom military chief Paresh Barua has planned a series of major strikes with help from the Manipur-based People's Liberation Army and Maoists, Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi claimed today.india Updated: Jul 22, 2011 19:13 IST
United Liberation Front of Asom (Ulfa) military chief Paresh Barua has planned a series of major strikes with help from the Manipur-based People's Liberation Army (PLA) and Maoists, Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi claimed on Friday.
"Intelligence inputs have revealed Paresh Baruah is planning terror attacks across Assam with help from PLA, Maoists and some other extremist groups of the Northeast," Gogoi said in Guwahati.
"But we are determined to foil his designs."
Barua leads some 200 Ulfa hardliners unwilling to talk truce with 'colonial' New Delhi despite most leaders and cadres of the banned outfit standing by chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa to tread the peace path.
Gogoi criticised Baruah for carrying on with armed rebellion when most of his colleagues had decided to give peace a chance.
"We hope he sees the writing on the wall and shuns violence," he said.
The Assam government believes Baruah is operating from safe havens along the China-Myanmar border
"He is holed up in northern Myanmar but keeps moving around," Gogoi said.
The Ulfa used to operate from the jungles of southern Bhutan until an Indo-Bhutanese joint military offensive in December 2003. The outfit subsequently strengthened its bases in Bangladesh but the return of Sheikh Hasina to power and a crackdown saw Barua shifting base to northern Myanmar.
According to Gogoi, peace parleys between the Centre and the pro-talks Ulfa leaders were imminent, following a green signal from New Delhi.
"The Ulfa is expected to submit its charter of demands in the first round of talks. The government would then weigh the demands."
The peace process between New Delhi and Ulfa-appointed People's Consultative Group had earlier hit a roadblock ostensibly after the government refused to discuss core issues.
The issue of Assam's sovereignty is one of Ulfa's most contentious demands.