Ulfa Chief Arabinda Rajkhowa and Raju Barua Captured in Meghalaya Border

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  1. Pintu

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    The Telegraph - Calcutta (Kolkata) | Nation | Meghalaya stage for Ulfa leader surrender

    Meghalaya stage for Ulfa leader surrender

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    Dec. 4: Ulfa chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa and deputy commander-in-chief Raju Barua “surrendered” with their families at Dawki border checkpost in Meghalaya early today, the BSF said.

    The border force later handed over the Ulfa leaders and their families to Assam police who took custody of the group of 10 at Dawki at 3.30am and took them to Guwahati via Shillong under tight security.

    Hours after the “surrender”, Ulfa commander-in-chief Paresh Barua made an earnest appeal to Rajkhowa to make his “stand” clear, honouring the sacrifice made by 12,000 martyrs and the hopes and aspirations of the people of the state.

    In a statement purportedly issued by him to a section of the media this afternoon, Paresh Barua cautioned Rajkhowa against falling prey to the “evil designs” of the government, which, he said, was playing a dirty game in the name of talks.

    He claimed that Rajkhowa and Raju Barua, along with a few others, were in the Indian government’s custody since December 2, which matches the unofficial version of the “surrender”.

    According to this description, Rajkhowa was flown to Delhi on Wednesday from Tripura after being transported from Bangladesh by road. He has also spoken to the Centre’s negotiators, sticking to the demand for sovereignty. He also insisted on talking only to Delhi and not to the Assam government.

    Home ministry sources said Paresh Barua was in Myanmar’s Ka Chin province bordering China. Officials accused the militant leader of playing into the hands of the ISI and Chinese intelligence. Intercepts show Paresh Barua is constantly in touch with his contacts in Bangladesh and the Northeast.

    The Ulfa leaders will now remain in jail for a few weeks or till Rajkhowa and Barua outline a list of demands that is more acceptable to the Centre. After the surrender, they have little choice but to either remain in jail or find a face-saving compromise.

    As the Centre continues to hunt for Paresh Barua, Rajkhowa will be contacted by senior Assamese leaders to change his stand on sovereignty.

    “We are giving them time to think and reach a decision,” said a senior officer.

    To provide cover for today’s “surrender”, the border force is known to have carried out dummy operations in Tripura, Meghalaya and even Bengal.

    BSF public relations officer Ravi Gandhi claimed that the Ulfa leaders and their family members were first spotted by a BSF patrolling party after 1am today. “Our men at the Dawki border outpost asked them to surrender. They initially challenged the BSF but finally surrendered at 1.30am.”

    The BSF official said the group had crossed the Bangladesh border and was 15 metres inside when it was spotted.

    An intelligence official said Bangladesh security forces had detained the Ulfa leaders several days ago in that country and their security forces were just handing them over to the BSF at Dawki.

    Though the BSF is denying it, another intelligence official said Rajkhowa was flown to Delhi on Wednesday after being “pushed back” into Tripura by Bangladesh security forces. He was sent somewhere close to Dawki yesterday to complete the “surrender” story.

    Sources said Rajkhowa was flown down from Delhi “to the nearest landing facility” from where he was taken to the Dawki border checkpost. Here he joined Raju Barua and the others to stage the “surrender” in order to get the official seal of approval for entry into the country.

    Those who surrendered are Rajkhowa, his wife Kaveri Kachari Rajkonwar, 42, their daughter Khamchena B. Rajkonwar, 13, and son Gadadhar Rajkonwar, 5, Ulfa deputy commander-in-chief Raju Barua, his wife Nirola Neog, 30, their 10-month-old daughter Hemacheta, Rajkhowa’s bodyguard Raja Bora, jailed Ulfa foreign secretary Sasha Chaudhury’s wife Runima C. Choudhury Pallavi, 41, and their son Sisir A. Choudhury, 10.
     
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  3. mehwish92

    mehwish92 Founding Member

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    Are the aspirations of the people of Assam to secede from India? I think not..

    anybody wish to clarify?
     
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    NSG_Blackcats Member of The Month OCTOBER 2009 Senior Member

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    There is a split in the top leadership of ULFA. The difference between Prakash Barua (chief of Military operation of ULFA) and Arabinda Rajkhowa (Ulfa chairman) is wide open now. Prakash Barua is more powerful than Rajkhowa.

    It is also reported that because there is no extradition treaty between Indian and Bangladesh, the Indian government is making this statement than Rajkhowa has surrendered. He may be produced before the court today. It is also being reported by many channels that talks between GOI and ULFA has already been derailed.

    Chidambaram has made it absolutely clear while speaking in Rajya Sabha. There can be no talks on sovereignty.
     
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    In connection with NSG's post I would like to quote the report with Link (TNN) below:

     
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    ULFA ready for talks if sovereignty figures: Paresh Barua
    Posted: Saturday , Dec 05, 2009 at 1409 hrs

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    A file photo of ULFA chairman, Arabinda Rajkhowa with a woman and child, presumably his family.

    Guwahati:ULFA's self-styled commander-in- chief Paresh Barua, who is known to be against talks, said on Saturday that he had "full confidence" in chairman Arabindo Rajkhowa and the outfit was ready for a dialogue provided "sovereignty" for Assam was discussed.

    There was no confusion in the minds of the ULFA cadres on talks as right from the grassroot level cadre to the chairman and advisor, all "were ready for it provided sovereignty for Assam was discussed," Barua said in an e-mail to North East Television.

    Denying that there was a split in the ULFA, he said, "There is no split ... and we have full confidence on Chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa."

    He said "the question of difference of opinion does not arise and now it is up to the Indian government to show their sincerity by taking the process forward."

    Barua dubbed the news regarding split in the ULFA as "conspiracy by the Indian government as a part of its divide and rule policy and misinformation campaign to create confusion among the people of Assam."

    Barua said he and Rajkhowa had not surrendered, but been arrested following a "deep-rooted conspiracy of the Indian government".

    "The Chairman and Barua can never forget nor ignore the sacrifices of the martyrs made during the last thirty years," he said.

    ULFA ready for talks if sovereignty figures: Paresh Barua
     
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    Good news! I hope this is the death-knell.
     
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    NSG_Blackcats Member of The Month OCTOBER 2009 Senior Member

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    Not surrendered, can't talk with handcuffs: Rajkhowa

    As I have already said Rajkhowa had never surrendered. He was deported by Bangladesh authorities. India and Bangladesh has no extradition treaty. May be that is the reason why GOI is saying he has surrendered.

    We have a long way to go before we can see peace in Assam.
     
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    ULFA chief sent to 12-day police remand, says he didn't surrender - India - The Times of India

    GUWAHATI: ULFA 'chairman' Arabinda Rajkhowa, 'deputy commander in chief' Raju Barua and Rajkhowa's bodyguard 'sergeant' Raja Bora were remanded
    to 12 days of police custody by Kamrup Chief Judicial Magistrate.

    Earlier, Rajkhowa said he has not surrendered and asserted he will never do so.

    "Surrender nai kora, nokoru (I have not surrendered and I will not surrender) was Rajkhowa's one-line statement as he was taken to the Kamrup chief judicial magistrate's court amid speculation whether he had surrendered or was arrested.

    The trio, along with the family members, was brought to the court in a bus under stringent security escorted by senior police officials in a convoy.

    As the ULFA leaders were being taken into the court, a group of people in the crowd shouted 'ULFA zindabad' (long live ULFA) and were immediately taken into custody.

    The gates of the court closed as soon as the Rajkhowa and others were taken inside.
     
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    Ok what does he exactly mean by sovereignty of Assam? Is he demanding separation from Indian union or welfare of some community only?
     
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    What do you think? He's a separatist. Try him for treason and get it done with.
     
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    Did you read this part of my previous post


    :rofl:

    They should probably take him to more courts and arrest his supporters shouting slogans before he is tried for treason :D
     
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    NSG_Blackcats Member of The Month OCTOBER 2009 Senior Member

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    I have no doubt that there is a lack of development and employment opportunity in the seven sisters states. GOI is responsible for it. But any military conflict cannot solve this problem. GOI and state government of Assam needs to talk to them within the constitution of India. There are numerous incidents of Armed forces and Police forces misusing their powers in these states.
     
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    Ulfa leaders held, admit China link

    Ulfa leaders held, admit China link- Hindustan Times

    Arabinda Rajkhowa, chairman of the United Liberation Front of Asom (Ulfa), and Raju Baruah, the outfit’s deputy commander-in-chief, surrendered to Indian authorities near the India-Bangladesh border in Meghalaya, along with eight others on Friday morning.

    Raju Baruah, Paresh’s deputy who surrendered, has told security agencies about the Ulfa cadre receiving arms training at camps in China. Border Security Force (BSF) officials took them all into custody soon after they crossed into Indian territory from Bangladesh near Dawki in Meghalaya’s East Khasi Hills.

    There has been widespread media speculation that Rajkhowa had been caught and already flown to Delhi. Hindustan Times had, however, reported on Friday that the Ulfa leader was still in Dhaka and would cross over and surrender as part of an agreement reached with the government.

    “We brought them to Shillong, where they were handed over to the Assam Police around 7.30 am,” Ravi Gandhi, spokesman for the BSF in Shillong, said.

    In Delhi, Home Secretary GK Pillai said that Rajkhowa and Raju Baruah would remain in custody. The families of the Ulfa leaders, who also crossed over, have, however, been set free.

    With Rajkhowa and half-a-dozen key Ulfa leaders now in custody, a senior government official said security forces would focus on Paresh Baruah, the self-styled commander-in-chief of the outfit’s military wing, who had been located in Myanmar’s Kachin region bordering China.

    Sources said Chinese official agencies like the army were helping Baruah, not only on Chinese territory but also in Myanmar.

    "Once we are able to build pressure on Baruah, it could help him see reason… that sovereignty isn’t really an issue with most Assamese,” a source said. But he acknowledged that the Ulfa hardliner had one advantage: a fat bank balance.

    Raju Baruah, Paresh’s deputy who surrendered, has told security agencies about the Ulfa cadre receiving arms training at camps in China.

    Ulfa’s ‘foreign secretary’ Sashadhar Choudhury and ‘finance secretary’ Chitrabon Hazarika — who had surrendered earlier — also told his interrogators earlier that the outfit was getting its arms from Chinese manufacturers.

    “You can expect more surrenders over the next few weeks,” a senior government functionary said, indicating that formal talks with Ulfa — if all goes according to script — could begin by January or February.
     
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    NSG_Blackcats Member of The Month OCTOBER 2009 Senior Member

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    Rajkhowa breaks down before court appearance

     
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    Rajkhowa not surrendered - Picked up by R&AW​


    It was neither a surrender nor any precursor to a major peace offer. Ulfa chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa and deputy commander-in-chief Raju Baruah, along with their families, were picked up by an alert Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) from Cox’s Bazaar in Chittagong on Wednesday while trying to cross over to Myanmar, apparently to escape the crackdown on Indian insurgent groups (IIGs) in Bangladesh.

    The leaders went through a round of questioning by the R&AW officials in Chittagong itself, before being brought to the BSF’s post at Dawki, Meghalaya, on Thursday. They were subsequently also questioned by the BSF officials, before being handed over to the Assam police on Friday.

    Apprehending arrest in the wake of Sheikh Hasina’s government active cooperation with India on tackling insurgent groups like Ulfa and NDFB operating from Bangladeshi soil, especially after their fellow leaders Chitraban Hazarika and Shashadhar Choudhury met the same fate, Rajkhowa, his bodyguard Raju Bora, wife and two children chalked out a plan to enter Myanmar via the land border and proceed to Bangkok, from where they could fly off to either Pakistan or China.

    Full Story
     
  17. johnee

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    Nothing justifies treason. ULFA is waging war against India and must be tried for that. Sure, the points you mention are correct but if start excusing things on this basis, more and more groups like ULFA will spring up in every nook and corner of India. The political settlement/solution must be pursued at both central and state level seriously and sincerely in a time bound way, at the same time economic development of the place must be the priority of central Govt itself. Having said all that, any armed movement against India, challenging the writ or soverignity of India must be brutally crushed whether the excuse be justified or not. The message sent to the people must be that the Govt(both at national and state level) is ready for all sorts of settlements in terms politics or economic but not on the security front. India must define its red lines clearly to its people and outside powers.

    PS: since its clear that the guy did not surrender but was nabbed, I request the mods to change the title of the thread accordingly.

    PPS: Infact, moment I read the title, I was sceptical of the news, I was expecting that this twist of 'surrender' was the DDM talent. I was more or less sure that the guy was nabbed. :D
     
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    NSG_Blackcats Member of The Month OCTOBER 2009 Senior Member

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    ^^I have no issue what charges the government of Assam slap on Ulfa members. But unless until employment opportunity is created and sustainable development is planned in North-east you will never see long lasting peace.

    Armed Forces and Police forces must not be allowed to misuse their power in the name of crushing militancy. There is a political solution to every problem. There is no harm in talking to anyone who is ready for talks within our constitutional parameters. Pursuing a dialouge does not mean that all the military operations against these groups must be stopped.

    But the most important thing is we need long lasting peace for development of North-East. So all the options must be pursued.
     
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    Agreed.

    Dialogue can be pursued if and only if the groups give up arms. Otherwise, no point.

    Yes.

    All options within the constitutional framework that do not go against the Indian soverignity and integrity.
     
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    NSG_Blackcats Member of The Month OCTOBER 2009 Senior Member

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    In the past GOI, state government of AP and J & K had dialogue with various terror groups without this condition. Both the parties have declared ceasefire during the process of dialogue. That can surely be done this time also.

    Agreed. But they might want some autonomy like J & K. We have given special status to J & K.
     
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    Most of the time, these groups use cease fire to prepare themselves for the impending military operations against them. They must not be allowed to do so.

    J&K is different, boss. There is a UN resolution on J&K. Part of J&K is occupied by Pakistan and part of it by China. i
     

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