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Talks under the shadow of weapons? ULFA cries foul

Last updated on: August 21, 2012 14:21 IST

United Liberation Front of Asom leaders have raised questions about how pro-talks ULFA faction was being allowed to carry weapons, which they were brandishing for furthering their personal business interests and other illegal activities even after they had in principle accepted that weapons will not bring peace to the state.

In a statement e-mailed to the media in Guwahati, the ULFA anti-talks faction alleged that it was a sinister design of 'Indian State' to allow a section of pro-talks ULFA leaders to keep weapons in the name of security and apprehended that it was aimed at triggering fratricidal killings in the state, facilitating pro-talks ULFA leaders to carry out criminal acts like murder and kidnapping and get involved in communal violence in the state taking a side.

The ULFA hawks has provided details about the weapons and ammunition available with some leaders of the pro-talks faction and alleged that top officials of Assam Police must be aware of it but have chosen to keep a blind eye to it for reasons best known to them.

According to allegations levelled by the ULFA hawks, the pro-talks ULFA group had robbed 192 AK series assault rifles, five UMGs, eight sniper rifles, eight RPGs with 45 shells, 48 pistols, 227 grenades, 1,300 bullets and 80 kilogram high-power explosives while coming over ground to hold dialogue with the government of India.

Meanwhile, Hira Sarania, a top-notch leader of pro-talks faction, has been arrested by the Guwahati police along with three other accomplices on charges of twin murder and robbery committed in the residence of a businessman in Guwahati.

Guwahati city police informed that Hira Sarania, who was the leader of undivided ULFA's 709 battalion, was arrested by Guwahati police from the truce time base of ULFA doves at Helsa in Nalbari district.

Police also arrested three others accomplices of Sarania -- Pankaj Kalita, Pradip Choudhury and Sarfaraz Ali.

Police said they have been arrested in connection with murder of two persons Suresh Patel and Bineet Jain, who were employees of a realtor Rajan Lohia whose residence was robbed by Sarania and his accomplices on July 30 last.

As the arrest of the pro-talks ULFA man has raised questions about the credentials of pro-talks ULFA members, the anti-talks faction of the ULFA led by Paresh Barua on Tuesday stated that moral degradation of 'former colleague' Hira Sarania was a fall out of 'betraying the revolutionary masses of Assam.'
K Anurag in Guwahati