Guwahati: Ulfa (Independent) supremo Paresh Baruah said that he has seen a ray of hope after chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma welcomed the outfit’s decision of a temporary ceasefire and acknowledged that the outfit’s demands of saving the rights of indigenous people of the state.
On Tuesday, Sarma while visiting the residence of Ritul Saikia, the kidnapped Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) employee, said that it’s time for Baruah to join the peace process for the betterment of the state and its people.
Sarma said, “Ulfa (I) has public certain demands like jobs for locals. The state government also wants better job opportunities for our people. But there are certain things in which the state government has limitations and Paresh Baruah must understand it. “Assam has lost valuable lives in this armed struggle and I believe no one wants to repeat that.”
The CM had also welcomed the outfit’s recent decision of a temporary ceasefire. He informed Saikia’s parents that their son was still with Ulfa (I) in Myanmar.
Subsequently, Baruah dialed media organizations and also confirmed that Saikia was currently under Ulfa (I)’s custody.
“We see a ray of hope in Sarma’s statement. We found a very positive approach in his statement and it may be termed as a good beginning. We believe he can convince New Delhi to solve the problem with sincerity. We took arms because the government did not listen to our demands,” said Baruah over the telephone.
The chief minister also had said that multiple communications have been established with the outfit already via mediators and the process of bringing Saikia back is on.
Baruah said, “We also want Saikia to reach his home safe and sound.”