ULFA advisor Bhimakanta Buragohain said talks between Government and ULFA possible only when it will be approved by chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa and military chief Paresh Barua. Talking to reporters at the session court premises, the jailed ULFA leader denied speculations that there was a split in the ULFA following declaration of unilateral ceasefire by the two companies of 28 battalion.
On the other hand, the Assam govt on Friday welcomed the initiative for a peaceful solution to the insurgency issue in the state of the 'A' and 'C' companies of banned ULFA's 28 battalion. In a statement released on Friday, the government considers the step taken by the two companies as encouraging and positive in bringing peace in the state. The statement read: The state government is hopeful that other leaders and members of ULFA will also come forward for creating a conducive atmosphere to accelerate the peace process. In deference to the unconditional suspension of operations by the two companies, the government is committed to facilitate the peace process within the ambit of the Constitution.
Guwahati : A fierce fighting between ULFA and security forces near the city on the wee hours on Thursday left two ultras and the kidnapped FCI officer P C Ram dead.
Reliable sources here say acting on secret inputs that a group of dreaded ULFA leaders were halting at Burka near Changsari with the kidnapped FCI executive director, the police aided by the Army, raided the house of Govinda Deka of Panitema gaon at around 8-30 evening on Wednesday.
The heavy exchange of firing that rocked the entire area continued till 2.00 am on Thursday.
Post that the police have recovered two bullet riddled bodies of ULFA leaders alongwith a person who was around 52/55 years from inside the house.
The ultras are yet to be identified. But the third one is suspected to be Dr PC Ram who was kidnapped on April 17 by the ULFA on his way to the city. But due to the on going controversy on P C Ram, concrete details are yet to come out.
The police team was led by Deputy Inspector General of Police for central western zone Gyanendra Pratap Singh assisted by Kamrup Superintendent of Police Debojit Hazarika and Superintendent of Police for special branch Jitmol Doley.
Notably, the killing of Dr Ram is mired in controversy after a decomposed dead body was recovered earlier which was identified to be of Dr Ram, by his son, Prabin. The body was airlifted to New Delhi by Dr Ram’s family for funeral.
But strangely enough, a person claiming to be Dr Ram had spoken to Prabin a few a days back from ULFA captivity. Prabin claims his father is still alive and recently Prabin and his mother called on Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and sought his help. Details are awaited.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Wednesday evening rapped the top ranked police officials for the Ram controversy. He was talking to the officials at his residence at the Koinadhara after being arived in the city.
Union Minister Rajib Pratap Rudy inaugurated the “Udyami Mitra Cell”, a skill-job exchange centre at Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE), Guwahati on February 3. The cell will provide support and consultancy services to existing and upcoming entrepreneurs of the North East Region. The UMC has been positioned to target the first generation entrepreneurs who seeks information regarding business ventures opportunities, market intelligence, technical & financial expects sources of machinery & raw material etc. The Skill-Job-Exchange Centre is set up to develop a platform for skilled job seekers and Job providers.
In the Interaction Meet held at IIE auditorium, the Rudy interacted with trainees and students and appreciated the effort made by IIE in promoting entrepreneurship among the youths of the entire North East Region.
Rudy also laid the foundation stone of an ‘Incubator on Wood Works’ (An ASPIRE Project).
Only a few hours is left. Amid a mammoth security arrangement the stage is set for Independence Day celebration on Friday. Securityforces are fanning across the state in search of ULFA and NDFB(R) militants who are believed to have been waiting to strike on the red letter day.
Policemen deployed on the roads have intensified the checking of the vehicles apart from the massive checking and vigil at the railway and bus stations.
Vital roads and bridges, Oil and gas installations are being heavily guarded to thwart attack by the militants who are believed to have entered the state to make their presence felt.
Securityforces have been maintaining close vigil in the areas along the inter state border to prevent the entry of more militants these days.
Guwahati seems to have turned into a security fortress a week before the red letter day. Top ranked security officers have been monitoring the security of the Veterinary College playground in Khanapara where chief minister Tarun Gogoi will hoist the national tricolor on Friday.