Guawahati-based satellite news channel of the northeast, NETV has aired a story on the National Games which is scheduled to be happened in Assam. It has aired a story by disclosing that there is a deal happened between State and ULFA on National Games.
On the other hand, the ULFA has accused the NETV for running a story that ULFA allegedly has taken money from the Assam Government to withdraw its call for boycott of the National Games.
ULFA has threatened the news channel to prove the authenticity of the news within a month otherwise prepare for the close down.
ULFA chief Paresh Barua has said through e-mail:
NETV has aired a news item on January 27 stating as the ULFA has decided to withdraw the National games boycott as the government has offered money to the outfit.
Later in the email, Paresh threatened the channel:
If NETV could not prove the news that we have taken money from the government, the channel should totally leave from Assam within a month. If they did not do this, they will have to face dire consequences.
On the other hand, NETV chairperson and managing director Manoranjana Singh has said in a statement that the channel had never run any story on January 27 on the issue.
She said that the channel did run a story on January 25. Barua’s claim to run this story on Jan 27 is completely wrong.
The people in different circles are talking that State Government have managed the ULFA through with the help of company in Kolkata. With this deal the scale of violence is expected to come down until the National Games would be completed.
Ms. Singh further said that Barua’s statement is as similar as the statement made by CM Tarun Gogoi a day before. Gogoi had made a similar allegation on the NETV in Delhi. CM also had threatened to file a defamation suit against the channel.
Ms Singh said:
The channel would stand by the claim that there was an deal between the Government and the ULFA for National Games.
Ms Singh concluded saying;
My channel and I will continue to insist that there is an understanding between the Congress and the ULFA, and thus between the State Government and the ULFA.