The Paresh Baruah-led ULFA hardliner faction on Tuesday April 30, reformed the outfit with a new name, ULFA[Independent] i.e. ULFA[I]. This said to have decided in the outfit’s Central Executive meeting from April 2 to April 6.
In an email statement sent to Times of Assam by the Chairman, Dr Abhizeet Asom, the outfit said that the central committee of the group, in a recent meeting, decided to christen itself with the new name and continue with its goal of a sovereign Assam.
“Looking at the political context and the proposal of a dialogue between the government and ULFA, the outfit decided to continue to stick to its previous stand of discussing the issue of sovereignty and to sit for the discussion in a separate country in presence of UN representatives,” said Dr Abhizeet Asom.
The statement also announced that the outfit’s Chief of the Staff(CS) of Army Wing, Major General Paresh Asom alias Paresh Baruah, would also hold the post of vice-chairman from as of now. Adding some more major changes the Dr Abhizeet Asom said, “Lt Colonel Jiban Asom alias Jiban Moran would hold the permanent post of Finance Secretary, Captain Mantu Asom alias Mantu Gogoi would hold the post of Assistant Secretary.”
The outfit also changed its earlier command of salute of honor to Chewmen Khar, an word from Rabha language.