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Insurgent groups in Assam demoralised: Gogoi
Published on 2 Jan. 2010 11:40 PM IST
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Claiming that there had been a marked improvement in the overall situation in Assam in 2009, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Thursday described people’s gradual lose of faith in insurgency and insurgent movements as a ‘good sign’. “The insurgent groups in the state are now slightly demoralised because they have begun to realise the futility of insurgency and armed struggle,” Gogoi told journalists here on Thursday. He said that this realisation had made many of them to lay down arms. The Chief Minister attributed demoralisation in the insurgent groups to people’s gradual loses of faith in insurgency and insurgent movements. “The people in Assam have completely lost their faith (in insurgent movement). They have realised that insurgency would only further contribute to the state’s backwardness,” Gogoi said. He added that there was a time when people in the state were afraid of speaking out against the militants openly. “But now, that fear psychosis is gone. It is a good sign that the people today are bold enough to condemn any acts of violence perpetrated by the militants,” he said. The Chief Minister hinted that the jailed ULFA leaders could be freed in the interest of talks, but first he sought a formal communication from the outfit expressing its willingness for negotiations with the government. “If the talks are held, it will be held with full dignity and honour,” Gogoi said without elaborating further. All but two to three top Ulfa leaders are currently languishing in jails. They include the outfit’s chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa, vice-chairman Pradeep Gogoi, foreign secretary Sasha Choudhury, finance secretary Chitrabon Hazarika, publicity chief Mithinga Daimary, cultural secretary Pranati Deka, and political ideologue Bhimkanta Buragohain. However, the military head Paresh Barua continues to remain elusive. Gogoi hinted that the government received some positive signals from the jailed leaders for talks. “I won’t say this breakthrough, but some positive signals are surely coming in,” Gogoi said.

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