While Indian intelligence officials claim, Bangladesh arrested 20 ULFA (United Front Of Assam) members and 9 of their family members, Paresh Barua, the lone founder member of ULFA outside Indian jail, has termed it as ‘desertion’.
According to Indian Intelligence officials, Anu Buragohain, Bhaiti Baruah, Biju Deka, and Pradyut Buragohain were arrested by Bangladesh security agencies among others on Wednesday.
In another significant statement, which may point to some division among ULFA ranks, Paresh Barua says, ‘Some of our cadres with their family members fled the camp with the help of Indian intelligence agencies and also with the active support of two of our senior jailed leaders and are now taking shelter in the enemy camp,’ in an e-mail statement.
Recently, some ULFA cadres surrendered in Assam and informed about leadership crisis in ULFA, and now this accusation by Paresh Barua about his old colleagues may point to another division.
It may be mentioned that, only Paresh Barua is now remained to be captured among top ULFA leaders. All others are either captured, including chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa and lodged in Guwahati jail.
Dhaka last year launched a massive crackdown against the ULFA and the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) and got several of their top leaders arrested and later handed them over to India.
Among those arrested in last year’s crackdown include ULFA chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa, deputy commander-in-chief Raju Baruah, foreign secretary Sasha Choudhury, and finance secretary Chitraban Hazarika.