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ULFA leaders in 12-day police custody

Last updated on: December 05, 2009 18:27 IST

ULFA's top leaders were on Saturday brought before the legal process as its elusive 'commander- in-chief' Paresh Baruah fine-tuned his reservations on dialogue, saying he was ready for talks provided 'sovereignty' for Assam was on the agenda.

Huge crowds gathered before the Chief Judicial Magistrate's court to get their first glimpse of the militant leaders chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa and 'deputy commander-in-chief' Raju Baruah and Raja Borah, who were remanded to 12 days' police custody.

Rajkhowa and Baruah claimed that they had not surrendered would never do it as they were taken back to the police van by the personnel of the Special Operations Unit of the Assam Police.

Their lawyer Bijon Mahajan said the three have been booked under some old case registered against them years ago and the custody was granted against the police demand for 14 days.

Paresh Baruah, who is believed to be in Myanmar and who had yesterday asked Rajkhowa not to fall into the government's trap of dialogue, today denied there was any split in the organisation he had "full confidence" in Rajkhowa.

"We are ready for dialogue provided sovereignty for Assam is discussed," he said in an email to the media from an undisclosed location.

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