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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 80

Assam Govt offers safe passage to ULFA cadres

[b]Assam Govt offers safe passage to ULFA cadres[/b]

By Lakhyajit Gohain - Reporting to Asian Tribune

[b]Guwahati, 02 January, ([/b] Assam government announced to offer a conditional safe passage to outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) cadres for visiting their families to celebrate New Year and Magh Bihu, the Assamese harvest festival.

Talking to reporters at his official residence here, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said ULFA insurgents would be allowed to visit their near and dear ones during the Magh Bihu festival and also for the New Year. The safe passage to the ULFA cadres would remain in force from January 7 to 20.

"The ULFA cadres who are willing to avail this opportunity will only have to inform the concerned police stations of their place and they will be allowed to visit their families. They will have to come without arms and ammunition and we will not arrest them", Gogoi assured.

"We will let them go back also", the Chief Minister said.

He said that a formal instruction would be issued to the security agencies in the state to implement the safe movement.

Mr Gogoi said his government would do its best to pave the way for direct negotiation between the ULFA leadership and the Centre.

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