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ULFA negotiator alleges threat to life

K Anurag in Guwahati | February 12, 2008 19:14 IST

A negotiator for the United Liberation Front of Asom Hiranya Saikia on Tuesday alleged before the media in Guwahati that he had received a threat to his life and termed it as part of a bigger conspiracy to end the peace initiative between the ULFA and Government of India.

A vital link between the Government of India and the banned militant group, Hiranya, who is a member of the ULFA-constituted People's Consultative Group, alleged that he was warned over the phone by a person who identified himself as an ULFA cadre Bakul Deka.

"Bokul Deka warned me that ULFA's 709 battalion commander Hira Sarania would kill me. The call came from a mobile number at 10 pm and was followed by an SMS at 11:45 pm," Saikia said.

The People's Consultative Group was constituted by the ULFA in September 2005 to facilitate direct talks between the outfit and the Government of India.

Saikia said that no one in the ULFA, except Barauh and chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa, was allowed to talk to him directly over phone.

"I fear that it was a call made from a police or Army base in the state as part of a conspiracy to kill me and blame it on the ULFA. Those who want to kill me want the peace initiative to get completely derailed," Saikia told the media.

He said he would lodge a complaint with the police about the threat to his life. He alleged that a section of the police force, Army and politicians are out to scuttle the peace initiative for good.

He also alleged that Monday's arrest of rights activist Lachit Bardoloi, another PCG member, by the police in connection with a foiled ULFA plan to hijack an aircraft, was aimed at damaging the peace initiative launched by the PCG on behalf of the ULFA.

"I have been keeping the state chief minister Tarun Gogoi, cabinet minister Dr Himanta Bishwa Sharma and Assam Police IGP (Special Branch) Khagen Sharma informed about all developments at different stages since the day I got involved in talks between the ULFA and the Government of India," he said.