Himanta Urges ULFA Chief Paresh Baruah To Join Peace Talks

1,550 cadres along with 130 weapons will surrender on January 30th, 2020

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Assam Finance Minister and NEDA convenor Himanta Biswa Sarma appealed to fugitive Mynamar-based banned militant outfit United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent) (ULFA-I) leader Paresh Baruah to reconsider his decision of staying away from the peace process and come forward to join the parleys.

The appeal comes a few days after ULFA-I claimed responsibility for four serial blasts in Upper Assam districts on the Republic Day.

“We also appeal Baruah to reconsider his decision of staying away from peace talks and come to the talks table. The Centre is more than willing to hold dialogue with them for the sake of permanent peace in Assam and the Northeast,” Sarma said while addressing a press meet in Guwahati on January 28th, 2020.

Hailing the historic Bodo Accord, Sarma said that the agreement signed in New Delhi on January 27th, 2020 will lead to a “full and final” solution to the decades-old Bodo issue.

“The date of January 27th, 2020 is a historic day for Assam. The decade-old demand for a separate state came to an end for once and all with the inking of the agreement,” he added.

He added, “The Bodo Peace Accord shall reaffirm the territorial integrity of Assam and at the same time usher us into a new hope of peace and progress in Bodoland.”

Sarma said that 1,550 cadres along with 130 weapons will surrender on January 30th, 2020. The arms laying down ceremony will be held either in Udalguri or Guwahati.

Earlier, Bodoland People’s Front leader and Assam social welfare minister Pramila Rani Brahma also appealed to Baruah, the self-styled commander-in-chief of the ULFA-I, and other rebels to shun violence and return to the mainstream.

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