India Intelligence Report

 

 

   Home Ministry Wants Direct Talks with ULFA

  As suspected insurgents of United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) attacked an Assam Rifles post in Assam on the border with Manipur, Home Secretary V.K. Duggal wanted the group to talk to the Government directly and not through a panel of intermediaries.
     
 

As suspected insurgents of United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) attacked an Assam Rifles post in Assam on the border with Manipur, Home Secretary V.K. Duggal wanted the group to talk to the Government directly and not through a panel of intermediaries. The ULFA, which killed one post commander of the 24 Assam Riffles at the same location as this attack, want the Government to release 3 jailed leaders and assorted demands communicated through a controversial writer Indira Goswami.

The ULFA appointed a People's Consultative Group (PCG) to negotiate with the Centre and Goswami says that Duggal's statements are "new conditions" contrary expectations of the past 3 rounds of peace talks. The PCG had recommended that a series of measures to facilitate direct talks after the 3rd round so it is not clear why Goswami thinks that these are "new conditions." She may be parroting directions she is getting from ULFA.

ULFA chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa declined an invitation from the Assam Government saying that would be insulting the two facilitators Goswami and a former football player.