NALBARI, Jan 18 � The leaders of the banned United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) who were recently released from the Guwahati Central Jail, today met in a secret location in Nalbari district for their much awaited executive meeting to discuss holding the general council meet.
Top leaders of the outfit who arrived in Nalbari district are chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa, vice-chairman Pradip Gogoi, finance secretary Chitraban Hazarika, and cultural secretary Pranati Deka. On the other hand ULFA�s deputy commander-in-chief Raju Baruah, publicity secretary Mithinga Daimari and foreign secretary Sasha Chaudhury who are also executive members, belong to Nalbari district.
According to sources, Rajkhowa also attended a meeting organised by the outfit�s 709 battalion to felicitate the families of ULFA martyrs. The ULFA leadership also took feedback from the ULFA families regarding the proposed peace talks.
They reportedly had an informal discussion with the cadres of 709 battalion of the outfit. Sources further added that Raju Baruah and Chitraban Hazarika this afternoon met the chief convenor of Nalbari Zilla Jatia Abhibartan, Ramani Barman at his Nalbari residence.
Sources confirmed that the executive meeting of the outfit will be held at an undisclosed location in Nalbari district within a short time.
PTI adds from Guwahati: Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today said the planned general council meeting of the ULFA will decide on the future course of peace talks with the outfit.
�I have come to know that they (ULFA) plan to hold a general council meeting and hopefully then the future course of action for peace talks initiated by the government will be clear�, Gogoi told reporters on the sidelines of an oath taking ceremony of development council members of various tribes of the State here.
The Chief Minister also disclosed that feelers have been sent from the pro-talk faction of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) for talks with the government.
�Although I have not received any formal letter, like the ULFA, the pro-talk faction of the NDFB had expressed the desire for talks and the government will follow it up�, he said.