Guwahati: GOC in Chief of Eastern Command Lt. General R P Kalita on Monday said that the recent activities of the banned outfit ULFA (I) have left very little room for peace talks with the center.
“We are conscious of the fact that there has been an increase in recruitment by the ULFA and recent activities of the outfit and its command in chief Paresh Barua suggest that it is a no go for talks,’ Kalita said, adding that the insurgent movements in the North-Eastern region have lost popular support.
Kalita added that most of the people who have joined the outfit in recent times are all with a criminal background and there is no resurgence in the support base for the outfit.
It may be mentioned here that Assam labour and employment minister, Sanjoy Kishan publicly apologised to Ulfa-Independent, a banned militant group, hours after the outfit gave him a 24-hour ultimatum to apologise for allegedly calling its chief Paresh Baruah a liar.
The deaths and the warning comes amid Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma’s repeated appeals to Paresh Baruah to join talks. Sarma stated that efforts were underway to bring the outfit to the negotiating table.