NEW DELHI, March 4 � Outlawed ULFA military chief Paresh Barua has so far rebuffed all attempts to make him join the peace process, but the Centre is still hopeful of the commander-in-chief joining the talks.
Stating this, Union Home Secretary G K Pillai said that the Government of India is expecting Paresh Barua to come for talks once the formal dialogue process gets wayunder.
The Home Secretary, who was interacting with journalists at the Indian Women Press Corp drew a parallel between the NDFB and ULFA peace process. He argued that in case of NDFB, Ranjan Daimary faction initially refused to come for talks but later relented and joined the peace process. �The same thing would happen in case of the Paresh Barua group as well,� he opined.
�We are expecting Paresh Barua to come for talks,� he said.
On the ULFA peace process, he said the seven-member coordination committee is in place and this group would work out modalities for suspension of operation. For the moment though an informal ceasefire between two sides already exists.
The Home Secretary also added that the crackdown by Bangladesh Government has made it difficult for the insurgent outfits of the North-east to operate from the country. The Indian insurgent groups, which used to operate from there have been hit by the crackdown, he said, lauding the initiative of Bangladesh.