The anti-talks fraction of the United Liberation Front of Asom, ULFA-I, on April 8 demanded Kolkata-based Amalgamated Plantations Pvt Ltd to relocate its administrative offices to Assam and recruit only indigenous people of the state in various positions. The banned outfit said that it will otherwise initiate “action” against the company.
The outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom-Independent, headed by self-styled commander-in-chief Paresh Barua, in a statement, threatened that the company would not be allowed to do business in Assam and no personnel of the company would be allowed to travel in the state for work purposes.
Accusing the tea company of “exploiting” Assam‘s indigenous people, the ULFA-I statement said: “You have your company’s head office outside Assam where no indigenous personnel from the state is engaged. The liaison office is also not in Assam. You have an administrative office in Assam indeed. But, amazingly, this administrative office is run by temporary contract staff.”
“You have heavy responsibilities to the land and her people where you operate your business at, and in respect of this, it is Western East South Asia region, especially Assam,” the banned outfit added.