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ULFA leader Anup Chetia released from jail

ULFA general secretary Golap Baruah, alias Anup Chetia, was on Thursday released from the Guwahati Central Jail after obtaining bail in four cases registered against him.

Chetia had on Wednesday got bail in the last of the four cases against him paving the way for his release from the jail.

Emerging from the jail, the ULFA leader told journalists that he will participate in the peace talks. Chetia said that he was in favour the ongoing peace talks between the central government and ULFA for restoring peace in Assam.

“Many quarters have suspected that as in 1992 we will not continue with the talks with the government. I want to sincerely say that the political times then have changed on Thursday and have made us think afresh”, Chetia said. “I will be a part of the ongoing tripartite talks among the ULFA, central and Assam governments to resolve the insurgency issue”, he said.

On the role of his former colleague and now ULFA (Independent) ‘commander-in-chief’ Paresh Baruah in the peace talks, Chetia said “the contributions of Paresh Baruah have to be acknowledged in taking forward our revolution during the last three decades. It is sad that he is not a part of the peace talks”. Following his extradition on November 11, Chetia was arrested by CBI in Delhi in connection with a murder in Golaghat. Chetia was handed over to India by Bangladesh where he was in jail since his arrest by the country’s police in 1997 on charges of cross-border intrusion, carrying fake passports and illegally keeping foreign currencies.

“During my 17 years in jail in Bangladesh, I had no contact with Paresh Baruah. I only had information about him through media reports”, said Chetia.
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