Union Home Secretary reviews progress in talks with ULFA

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Assam, Nov 30 (ANI): A delegation of pro-talk ULFA leaders headed by Chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa held meeting with Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and other senior officials of the Ministry of Home Affairs and Assam Government in New Delhi. The ULFA leaders appealed to the Centre to include recently deported `general secretary’ Anup Chetia in the peace process saying the dialogue would remain inconclusive without his participation. Union Home Secretary asked the Government of India’s Representative P C Haldar to examine the request of ULFA leaders. Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said the central government is expecting a breakthrough in the ongoing talks with the ULFA soon. ULFA leader Shashadhar Choudhury said the next round of talks with the central government will be held next month in which Chetia is expected to take part. Chetia, who was arrested upon his deportation from Bangladesh about a fortnight ago, is currently in a jail in Guwahati. The Rajkhowa-led ULFA faction had begun unconditional talks with the Central government in 2011, despite strong opposition from the hardline wing led by Paresh Baruah, who is believed to be in Myanmar.

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