ULFA seeks political end to insurgency

Guwahati: A leading separatist group in Assam is seeking a “political solution” to end decades of violent insurgency in the region that has left thousands dead. “As a revolutionary group, we want an honourable and acceptable political solution to the long years of conflict,” Arabinda Rajkhowa, chief of the banned United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), said in a statement. “It depends on the Indian government’s sincerity in holding talks with us. We have always been hearing of successive governments in New Delhi offering to hold talks, but then they were never really sincere in initiating talks with us.” —HNS