The Paresh Baruah-led anti-talk faction of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) on Sunday refuted the contention of the jailed National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) leader, Ranjan Daimary, that the government's approach towards the ULFA was ‘soft.'

“Daimary's recent statement that the government was soft on the ULFA but was continuing operations against the NDFB was not only incorrect but also misleading,” ULFA ‘publicity in-charge' Arunodoy Dohotiya said.

Fake encounters

“Security forces are not only continuing operations against ULFA cadres and indulging in fake encounters to kill innocent people but many are still being apprehended, jailed and even maimed for life,” Mr. Dohotiya said.

“It is true that a section of our outfit [ULFA] is enjoying the protection of the government and operations have been suspended against it but security forces have actually intensified operations against those who are committed to the spirit and ideals of the outfit,” he said, adding that Mr. Daimary's statement would cause confusion in the mind of the ULFA cadres and people who supported it.

Cause of sovereignty

Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram had said operations would continue against those demanding sovereignty, but “we are prepared to give up our lives and will in no way compromise on the issue of sovereignty,” Mr. Dohotiya said.

“The NDFB under Daimary was also not prepared to compromise on its basic principles and, as such, intensified operations were continuing against their cadres,” he said.