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Top ULFA leader wants immediate end to Bangladeshi infiltration

Source: PTI
January 11, 2011 18:43 IST
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The United Liberation Front of Asom raised its voice for the first time against Bangladeshi infiltration into Assam and warned that the problem will soon pose a major threat to Delhi.

"The illegal Bangladesh national issue has posed a serious threat to the state," ULFA 'foreign secretary' Sashadhar Choudhury told a public rally after his release from the Guwahati Central Jail on bail.

"If I am selected to take part in the negotiations between the ULFA and the Indian government, then my first agenda will be to raise the Bangladeshi immigration issue," the ULFA leader, who was hiding in Bangladesh till his arrest there in December 2009, said.

"If the central government continues to ignore the vital issue then shortly it will be a major threat to Delhi," Choudhury warned.

Meanwhile, ULFA chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa on Tuesday visited the outfit's elusive `commander-in-chief' Paresh Baruah's mother Miliki Baruah, who insisted that her son, general secretary Anup Chetia and others be brought back for the peace talks.

"As all of you went out together on your struggle 30 years ago, now bring Paresh Baruah, Anup and others back by any means for the talks for a lasting solution to the Assam problem. Otherwise it will remain unsolved," an emotional and weeping octogenarian Miliki said.

Baruah is reportedly in China and is still insistent on discussing the outfit's core issue of sovereignty.

Accompanied by the outfit's idealogue Bhimkanta Buragohain, Rajkhowa came to Jeraigaon in Dibrugarh district and visited Baruah's mother for the first time since his release on bail recently. Rajkhowa's wife Kaberi Kochari also accompanied him during his visit.

The ULFA leaders also visited the ancestral residence of Chetia, now in a Dhaka jail, also in the same village.

Rajkhowa later told mediapersons in Jeraigaon, Assam, that when the decision taking general council of the ULFA meets it will discuss the release of all its jailed leaders and the cadres missing since Operation All Clear in Bhutan in December 2002.

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