BSF arrested Rajkhowa at Bangla border: PC

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New Delhi, Dec 9: Home Minister P Chidambaram said the ULFA chief Arabinda Rajkhowa was arrested by the BSF on Meghalaya-Bangladesh border and later was taken into custody by Assam police.

Replying during Question Hour in Rajya Sabha, Chidambaram said the leaders of the banned United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) would be treated with dignity as and when peace talks take place with them.

"On information that BSF has apprehended two or three people on the border of Meghalaya and Bangladesh, a team of police officers from Assam went there and took (them into) custody," he said.

He said that Assam police arrested them after their identities were established.

"If there is an offer of talks, we will be happy to hold talks," he said when asked if the Government intends to talk to the arrested ULFA leadership.

He further said the Centre was willing to talk to all insurgent groups of North East including ULFA if they abjure violence, lay down arms and give up demand for sovereignty.

However, he added that there has been no offer of talks from ULFA till now.

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