scorecardresearch
Follow Us:
Sunday, July 03, 2022

Arabinda Rajkhowa expects final solution to ULFA demands after Lok Sabha polls

Rajkhowa said the peace talks are being delayed due to the "colonial attitude of the government" and constitutional issues.

Written by Debraj Deb |
March 6, 2019 9:17:00 pm
Arabinda Rajkhowa hopes final solution of ULFA peace talks after LS polls Arabinda Rajkhowa welcomed at a rally of returned insurgents at Khumulwng in Tripura on Wednesday.

ULFA (pro-talks) leader Arabinda Rajkhowa on Wednesday said he hopes to reach a final decision on peace talks with the Government of India after the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Speaking to indianexpress.com after attending a gathering of returned insurgents at Khumulwng, 25 km from here, Rajkhowa said the peace talks are being delayed due to the “colonial attitude of the government” and constitutional issues.

Khumulwng is headquarters of Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC), which is spread across two third of Tripura’s geographical space.

“The identity of our people was put at risk due to the colonial attitude of the Government of India. We are in peace talks with the government and they have given us respect. But the talks are getting delayed due to several Constitutional issues,” Rajkhowa said. “The talks were delayed due to few reasons. We don’t hope to have any final solution before the Lok Sabha elections. But a solution is likely after the polls.”

Best of Express Premium
NITI Aayog-commissioned report which studied 3 orders by Supreme Court, 2...Premium
Tavleen Singh writes: Islamism has no place in IndiaPremium
‘The biggest problem is our dependence on imported energy, which is 4% of...Premium
A Letter From Silchar, Assam: Down a town, on a boat with a bodyPremium

He also said that returnee insurgents of Tripura were not given due respect. Rajkhowa, who is leading the pro-peace faction of ULFA, also joined a conference of Tripura United Indigenous People’s Coordination Committee (TUIPC), a joint forum of 48 returnee insurgent organizations in the state.

TUIPC convener and former All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF) supremo Ranjit Debbarma said only 7,000 out of 20000-odd returned in Tripura were rehabilitated by the state government. Others are leading a life of severe poverty and crisis, many doing daily chores for others for a life, Debbarma said.

Tribal armed insurgency, which swelled between 1980 and late 2000s in Tripura, largely came down during the previous Manik Sarkar government’s rule due to lucrative offers of immediate grant of Rs. 1.5 lakh, vocational training for 36 months and a stipend of Rs.2000/- per month during training. Minor crime cases against those who were successfully rehabilitated were also assured to be withdrawn.

Arabinda Rajkhowa alias Mijanur Rahaman Choudhury used to be one of the top rung leaders of ULFA till he was arrested in Bangladesh in 2009. He was granted bail by a special TADA court in 2011 after which he announced that he was ready for peace talks with the Government of India. The peace talks are yet to be finalized.

UPSC KEY Have you seen our section dedicated to helping USPC aspirants decode daily news in the context of their exams?

📣 Join our Telegram channel (The Indian Express) for the latest news and updates

For all the latest North East India News, download Indian Express App.

  • Newsguard
  • The Indian Express website has been rated GREEN for its credibility and trustworthiness by Newsguard, a global service that rates news sources for their journalistic standards.
  • Newsguard
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement