ULFA leader Paresh Baruah in China: Assam Police chief

| Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 21:41
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ULFA leader Paresh Baruah in China: Assam Police chief

Guwahati: Intelligence agencies have tracked the movements of Paresh Baruah, the self-styled commander-in-chief of the anti-talk faction of ULFA, in China, Assam Police chief Khagen Sarma said on Tuesday.

The director general of police said the Paresh Baruah faction of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) still has camps in Myanmar along with other militant outfits of the northeast region.

The elusive ULFA leader recently sent video clippings to the media in Assam depicting how the outfit had celebrated Rongali Bihu - during the Assamese new year in mid-April - in their camps.

"The video footage sent to the media are from the camps in Myanmar. Of late, sending video footage to the media has become a fashion of the militant outfits and they want to prove their existence," the police chief said.

Sarma said the 'central committee' members of the anti-talk faction of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), including its 'chairman' I.K. Songbijit, were also holding up in Myanmar.

On smuggling of arms, the DGP said arms arrive in the northeast from Myanmar.

"Earlier, militants were using sea routes. However, now they and other criminals use the land routes to smuggle in arms," he said.

He said arms were smuggled through Manipur and Mizoram from Myanmar, while sometimes arms are first taken to Bangladesh and then brought to the northeast.

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