By- Correspondent | Date- October 15, 2011
The chairman of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa has declared that the outfit would strongly put up the matter of the border conflict between Assam and Nagaland in its next round of talks with the Union Government of India. The next rounds of lateral talks are going to start from November 5.
He stated that the ongoing issue at Merapani at Assam-Nagaland border is a serious threat due to encroachers from Nagas into Assam soil and that they would take up the matter with the Government of India strongly, for a quick resolution.
The ULFA chairman, currently on bail to facilitate the lateral talks between the outfit and the centre stated that they would do “anything to protect the identity of the indigenous people of Assam’ and even threatened to resort to take up arms once again, if the situation demands. However he also stated that the state governments have to show good interest to solve the issue, which is currently not done.
Mentionable that Arabinda Rajkhowa had visited the sensitive Assam-Nagaland boundary on October 12 and interacted with local people, taking stock of the situation in the area. He had also revealed that he had been to the area several times earlier and recounted the days when he and his cadres had come to extend protection to the people during the 1985 June attack in the same location by Naga forces which killed over 100 policemen and civilians.
The visit and statements of the ULFA chairman is seen symbolic and holds importance as the pro-talk ULFA leaders had met the leadership of NSCN (IM) last month in the NSCN headquarters to foster better ties between Assam and Nagaland. The NSCN (IM) is being often accused to have collaborated with the Naga Stated Armed Forces in encroaching land in Assam. It would be interesting for the people to watch how ULFA leaders, who were trained by the NSCN themselves takes up the matter with the Naga rebels in solving the long dispute.