The banned outfit, the United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent) declared a unipartite ceasefire for three months due to the prevailing pandemic situation in the state.
The Commander-in-Chief of ULFA(I), Paresh Barua in a statement e-mailed to the media stated that the ceasefire will come into effect immediately and the outfit will desist any operation during these three months.
“We have taken a decision to suspend all operations for the next three months as the people are facing immense difficulties and suffering due to the pandemic,” he said.
Assam currently has a caseload of 3.15 lakh and a total of 1984 people have died of COVID. The state is dealing with 42,144 active cases.
Barua denied the outfit’s involvement in the grenade blast at Tingrai on Friday which claimed the life of one person and injured two others. “It is unfortunate that during such difficult times faced by the people in the state, a section of security forces are trying to malign the outfit,” he alleged.
Three employees of the ONGC were kidnapped on April 21 by suspected ULFA-I militants from its Lakwa oilfield in Assam’s Sivasagar district along the Assam-Nagaland border. Two were freed later, one is still missing.