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ULFA’s pro-talks leader Prabal Neog, 4 others injured
Published on 11 Mar. 2010 11:57 PM IST
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Ulfa’s pro-talk leader Prabal Neog and four others were critically injured this morning in a road mishap in Assam’s Nagaon district, police said. Neog, along with two other pro-talk ULFA members, his bodyguard and driver, was on his way to Guwahati from Tinsukia, when the vehicle in which he was travelling collided head-on with a speeding truck at Rangagora. The vehicle was severely damaged and the five persons, including Neog, were critically injured and were rushed to the Nagaon Civil Hospital, police said. Neog, his bodyguard Dipen Hazarika and driver Hemanta Gogoi were later shifted to the Guwahati Medical College Hospital. The condition of two other ULFA leaders Pranab Hazarika and Harish Chetia was also serious, they said. The driver of the truck was absconding and a search operation has been launched to nab him. Neog, alias Benudhar Bora, the ex-commander of the 28th battalion of the banned ULFA, was released from the Dibrugarh Central Jail in July 2008. Pradip Gogoi calls for peace talks Pradip Gogoi, Vice Chairman of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) has called for peace talks with the Central Government to resolve the insurgency in Assam. Talking to reporters here on Wednesday, Gogoi said: “The Central Government and the Central Committee of the ULFA should come together at the negotiation table and, those ULFA leaders who are presently under detention, too, should be allowed to participate in the negotiations. “Leaders of ULFA, those who are outside the country and also those who are in prison, should be allowed to sit at the negotiation table without any condition. No leaders of our organisation are against the peace talks. We also want to resolve the issues at the earliest. This is the long cherish dream and hope of the people of this land. The government has also shown positive response, citing the recent released of some leaders from jail,” he added. Gogoi, who was arrested during an operation in Kolkata in 1982, was released on bail on March 4, stated a ANI report. On February 26, ULFA’s Publicity Secretary Mithinga Daimary was also released.ogoi’s and Daimary’s release is expected to set the dialogue ball rolling. Top ULFA leaders, including chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa, his deputy Raju Baruah and political ideologue Bhimkanta Buragohain, are lodged in the Guwahati Central Jail. Still some of ULFA leaders, including Paresh Barua, are subtle at the moment and the Centre had indicated of proceeding with talks without them.

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