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Paresh faction trying to divide pro-talk group

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Feb 7 � The hardline faction of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), headed by Paresh Baruah has been trying to create division among the pro-talk group members, while making efforts to increase its own strength.

Highly placed security sources told The Assam Tribune that Paresh Baruah himself called up several members of the pro-talk group of the outfit trying to persuade them to come back to the fold of the anti-talk faction. Similarly, other members of the anti-talk group are also trying to get in touch with members of the pro-talk faction.

Sources said that Baruah told a few members of the pro-talk group that the Government of India was not giving due importance to them, while, preferential treatment has been given to the members of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (I-M) leaders. The leaders of the pro-talk faction of the ULFA are forced to appear in the courts regularly for the cases registered against them, while, the leaders of the NSCN never had to appear in courts, Baruah reportedly told the members of the pro-talk faction ULFA members. Baruah has also been accusing the pro-talk faction of giving up the demand for sovereignty.

Security sources said that according to information available, so far, no member of the pro-talk faction has crossed over to the anti-talk faction. But such a possibility cannot be ruled out if the process of talks with the pro-talk faction is not expedited for an early political solution to the issues raised by the outfit.

Sources said that Paresh Baruah, who spends most of his time in an area bordering Myanmar and China, recently visited the camps of the ULFA in the Taga area of Myanmar. According to inputs available with the security agencies, Baruah was in the Taga area camps from December 21 to January 15 last. "He might have stayed back for few more days but we have confirmed reports of his stay in Taga from December 21 to January 15," sources added.

On the strength of the hard line faction of the ULFA, sources said that the outfit does not have any dearth of sophisticated weapons and in fact, the outfit is in a position to provide weapons to other militant groups. But despite the recent recruitments, the outfit does not have adequate number of trained cadres to carry out operations, sources added.

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Paresh faction trying to divide pro-talk group

GUWAHATI, Feb 7 � The hardline faction of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), headed by Paresh Baruah has been trying to create division among the pro-talk group members, while making efforts to increase its own strength.

Highly placed security sources told The Assam Tribune that Paresh Baruah himself called up several members of the pro-talk group of the outfit trying to persuade them to come back to the fold of the anti-talk faction. Similarly, other members of the anti-talk group are also trying to get in touch with members of the pro-talk faction.

Sources said that Baruah told a few members of the pro-talk group that the Government of India was not giving due importance to them, while, preferential treatment has been given to the members of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (I-M) leaders. The leaders of the pro-talk faction of the ULFA are forced to appear in the courts regularly for the cases registered against them, while, the leaders of the NSCN never had to appear in courts, Baruah reportedly told the members of the pro-talk faction ULFA members. Baruah has also been accusing the pro-talk faction of giving up the demand for sovereignty.

Security sources said that according to information available, so far, no member of the pro-talk faction has crossed over to the anti-talk faction. But such a possibility cannot be ruled out if the process of talks with the pro-talk faction is not expedited for an early political solution to the issues raised by the outfit.

Sources said that Paresh Baruah, who spends most of his time in an area bordering Myanmar and China, recently visited the camps of the ULFA in the Taga area of Myanmar. According to inputs available with the security agencies, Baruah was in the Taga area camps from December 21 to January 15 last. "He might have stayed back for few more days but we have confirmed reports of his stay in Taga from December 21 to January 15," sources added.

On the strength of the hard line faction of the ULFA, sources said that the outfit does not have any dearth of sophisticated weapons and in fact, the outfit is in a position to provide weapons to other militant groups. But despite the recent recruitments, the outfit does not have adequate number of trained cadres to carry out operations, sources added.