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Govt talks tough with ULFA
July 10, 2006 19:37 IST
In a warning to United Liberation Front of Asom cadres ahead of the proposed peace talks, the Centre on Monday said the militant outfit's actions like the extortion notice to the Reserve Bank of India vitiated the process and asked it to ensure "a peaceful and conducive" environment to facilitate the release of five detenues.
After a marathon review meeting with Assam Chief Secretary S Kabilan and Director General of Police D N Dutta in the wake of the Rs 15 lakh ransom demanded by ULFA from RBI, Union Home Secretary V K Duggal told reporters in New Delhi that the outfit should desist from "pinpricks" and should give an assurance that a peaceful atmosphere would be created and nothing untoward would happen.
"The government is committed to pursue the process of talks to ensure lasting peace in Assam... It had been agreed that a peaceful atmosphere will be created in Assam, which will be conducive to hold direct talks between ULFA and the government. Issuance of extortion notices, etc, vitiate the ongoing peace process," he said in a statement.
Duggal hoped that ULFA will set the process in motion at the earliest by ensuring a peaceful and conducive environment for holding direct talks with the government and said the process of release of ULFA detenues will start only after "we receive an assurance".
"As this process is initiated by ULFA, the consideration for release of five ULFA detenues in consulation with the Assam government will also be started," he said.