ULFA (I) chief Paresh Barua unlikely to join peace talk: Eastern Army Commander

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Guwahati: Indian Army’s Eastern Command boss Lt Gen RP Kalita on Monday said that hardliner ULFA (I) boss Paresh Barua is probably not going to approach for a harmony talk with the Center.

“My deduction is, I think, no. In the previous meeting with a neighborhood channel, he completely expressed no to exchange except if the power issue is talked about,” General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Command, Lt Gen Kalita told columnists in Guwahati.

On being gotten some information about reports of enrollment by ULFA (I) over the most recent one year, he said, “OK, we have seen this and it is a worry for us. They have enlisted individuals from both Upper and Lower Assam areas. These are generally done through web-based entertainment.”

He claimed that most of the youths joining the ULFA (I) have already had criminal backgrounds.

The Eastern Command chief said the rebel groups in Northeast have lost their “ideological moorings” and are sustaining through extortion as well as arms and drugs smuggling.

“The insurgent groups are trying to sustain themselves by resorting to extortion along with arms and drugs smuggling. A time will come when they will join the mainstream,” Kalita said.

Concerning Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA), he expressed that after the law was removed from different pieces of the Northeast, some number of powers have been “de-drafted” and moved toward the northern regions.

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