Guwahati: Assam labour and employment minister, Sanjoy Kishan publicly apologised to Ulfa-Independent, a banned militant group, hours after the outfit gave him a 24-hour ultimatum to apologise for allegedly calling its chief Paresh Baruah a liar.
Speaking to the media, Minister Sanjay Kishan said, ” Under the strong leadership of Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, the peace negotiations process with ULFA(I) are heading smoothly.And I don’t want that atmosphere to be disturbed. I just talked about some youths joining Ulfa and if my comment hit the sentiment of Paresh Baruah in anyway, I seek apology for that.”
Notably, the banned outfit of ULFA (Independent) on Saturday warned the state’s Welfare of Tea Tribes Minister of Labour & Employment and BJP legislator from Tinsukia, Sanjoy Kishan, to either apologise for his statement against ULFA (I) chief Paresh Baruah or to face action.
On Friday, the minister while in Nagaon allegedly commented that the militant chief was a ‘liar’. Kishan was reacting to the reports of ULFA (I) awarding death sentences to two youths for allegedly being state police agents and the death of one Biju Gogoi, who as per the outfit had committed suicide.
He said that the militant chief was lying about the death of Gogoi and has been misleading the youths of the state for a long period.
Reacting to Kishan’s comment, militant leader Arunodoy Asom in a statement said, “ULFA (I) has already clarified its stand on the death of Biju Gogoi and provided the evidence. If necessary we will give more proof to Gogoi’s family. But the way Kishan has termed the group chief as ‘liar’ is unacceptable.”
The outfit leader added, “If Kishan doesn’t apologise within 24 hours then he will be declared banned in Tinsukia and Dibrugarh districts. No one should attend any program of Kishan. ULFA (I) will not be responsible for any consequence upon those who support Kishan.”