Government may allow pro-talk ULFA to meet Anup Chetia; Assam flood situation remains grim; Many issues discussed during talks with Pro-talk group of ULFA ; Two militants held in Assam
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  • According to reports, a group of senior leaders of the pro-talk faction of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) have applied for passports and the Government of India is likely to facilitate the visit of one of them to Bangladesh to meet the ULFA general secretary Anup Chetia. The issue of sending one leader of the pro-talk faction of the ULFA to Bangladesh to have talks with Anup Chetia would be discussed in the next round of meeting with the outfit scheduled for June 29, 2012. 1

    In another development, reports noted that the overall flood situation in the State worsened further with the Brahmaputra and several of its tributaries flowing above the danger marks at various places. Besides, the mighty river and several of its tributaries are maintaining a rising trend. In the Barak Valley too, the Katakhal is flowing above the danger mark while the Barak and the Kushiyara are maintaining a rising trend. Meanwhile, the State Disaster Management Authority has stated in its flood bulletin that so far 3, 83, 792 people in 17 districts of the State have been affected by the floods this year and in all ten persons have lost their lives due to the floods. 2

    According to reports, the Pro-talk group of ULFA has flagged the problem of illegal influx from Bangladesh calling for constitutional safeguard mechanism for the indigenous people. A six-member delegation of pro-talk leaders led by Chairman, Arabinda Rajkhowa held over 90-minutes discussion with Union Home Secretary, R K Singh on June 29, 2012. The tripartite talks was also attended by officials of the State Government, besides interlocutor PC Haldar and Joint Secretary (North-East), Shambhu Singh. Assam Government was represented by State Home Secretary. They discussed about problems of Assam and illegal migration and its different aspects like development of infrastructure and the flood problem. 3

    In other developments, according to reports, the Indian Army has arrested two militants in Assam on June 30, 2012. While one of them was from the All Adivasi National Liberation Army (AANLA), the other was a member of the Muslim United Liberation Tigers of Assam (MULTA). 4