GUWAHATI, Jan 4 � The Assam government today said ULFA will have to give up its demand for sovereignty and use of violence before the ban on the outfit was lifted, reports PTI.
�ULFA will have to formally give up its demand for sovereignty and abjure violence before steps can be taken to revoke the ban,� Assam Health minister Himanta Biswa Sharma told reporters here.
He said the government will grant special permission to ULFA�s top brass, including its chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa, for holding their central executive council meeting. On January 1, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi had announced that the ban on ULFA can be lifted if necessary, though operations will continue against those outfit members who still resort to violence.
ULFA, which was formed on April 7, 1979, in the Upper Assam town of Sibsagar, was declared a banned organisation by the Centre in November 1990 under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.