'I will neither deny nor confirm Rajkhowa's arrest': Assam CM

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Guwahati, Dec 3 (ANI): Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Thursday chose to adopt the middle path on the issue of talks with the rebel United Liberation Front of Assom (ULFA) and the arrest of its leader Arabinda Rajkhowa.

Addressing the press conference here Gogoi said: "I will neither deny nor confirm the arrest of Rajkhowa," and added he is "expecting positive signals over the talks."

" In the morning Home Minster Chidambaram spoke to me, but he neither he mentioned the issue nor I asked for more details, "he added.

"My government has no problem in holding talks with any one. If he (ULFA leader) comes, its well and good, otherwise we will initiate the dialogue with whoever comes forward," Gogoi added.

He also said that the people of Assam are looking for more peaceful days. Youth and students of the state are waiting for a healthy and peaceful atmosphere to exist, he added.

"You will get good news in about one week. We are moving in the right direction, some development has taken place," said Gogoi.

Earlier, in the day a person claiming to be ULFA chairman Rajkhowa gave an interview to a private news channel and said: "I am speaking to you from the same location in Bangladesh from where I normally speak from. Those who say that I have been arrested are deliberately trying to create confusion. They want to derail the peace process in Assam even before it can begin."

They (people opposing him) don't want a political and peaceful solution to the problem. Such people don't want to take the peace process to succeed. Every time we want to take the peace process forward such people spread wrong information," he added.

On Wednesday, replying to a short duration debate on internal security in the Rajya Sabha Union Home Minister P Chidambaram said: "Government will talk to any organization including ULFA if the abjure violence." (ANI)

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