PC signals Gogoi to hold talks with ULFA rebels

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P Chidambaram
New Delhi, Nov 2: Speaking at the press conference in New Delhi, Home Minister P Chidambaram on Monday, Nov 1 gave a green signal to Assam Chief Minister, Tarun Gogoi to start off the peace talks with the outlawed ULFA leaders as the rebels are in touch with Gogoi.

“So, when the offer for talks is made by ULFA, I am sure the Chief Minister will decide. We have left it with him to decide on the time," Chidambaram said.

He had further disclosed that the Centre's interlocutor, PC Haldar would take necessary direction in this regard.

While replying to query on ULFA leaders in prison, he had ruled out the possibility of releasing them, citing serious legal charges pending agaist them.

Clarifying further, Chidambaram had pointed out that the ULFA leaders were in judicial custody and executive cannot release anybody who is in judicial custody.

Meanwhile, he also gave the freedom to detained ULFA leaders to hold talks from the prison with the government “People in jail can also talk if they want to," said the Union Home Minister.

Sources said Gogoi may likely start the dialogue with the rebel groups by Dec.

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