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Assam govt. not opposed to bail for ULFA chairman
Published on 16 Dec. 2010 11:51 PM IST
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Prospects of a dialogue between the government and the banned United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) has brightened further with Assam government today informing the designated court here that it would not oppose the bail petition of the insurgent group's 'chairman' Arabinda Rajkhowa.
The government action is expected to pave way for release of the ULFA chairman from jail soon.
The Assam government counsel P. Gogoi made a written submission before the designated court where the top ULFA leader was produced today in view of hearing of his bail petition in connection with six TADA cases pending against him.
The ULFA leader's counsel Raju Pradhan informed that after hearing both the sides designated court judge Soneka Bora reserved the order for December 20 next and observed that the government might submit an affidavit during the intervening period informing the court about its decision not to oppose bail application of the ULFA leader. Six TADA cases details of which are 1/98, 9/98, 32/01, 43/01, 42/01 and 84/92 are pending against the ULFA leader.
In response to the peace efforts initiated by the government, the ULFA had set a condition that all its central committee members should be released from jail to enable the group to hold its central executive body meeting to take a decision on holding dialogue with the government.
So far five top ULFA leaders including its vice-chairman Pradip Gogoi, deputy commander in chief Raju Barua , central publicity secretary Mithinga Daimari, cultural secretary Pranati Deka and adviser Bhimkanta Buragohain have been released on bail after the state government decided not to contest their bail petitions in the interest of the peace process with the outfit.

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