The Assam government said on Wednesday that it was ready to consider on humanitarian ground any request from fugitive ULFA rebel leader Paresh Barua if he desired to see his octogenarian mother Miliki Barua, who is ailing in her village in Dibrugarh.
“If Paresh Barua desires to see his ailing mother in his native place, the government would consider it on humanitarian ground,” an official press release said. Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi also announced a sum of Rs 1 lakh from the CM’s Relief Fund for meeting the medical treatment expenditure of the top ULFA leader’s mother, it said.
Miliki Barua (88), who has not seen her youngest son for nearly 20 years now, is seriously ill, with local reports saying she has not been able to eat anything for the past few days. She lives in Jerai Chakalibhoriya, a village under Chabua police station in Dibrugarh district, about 460 km east of Guwahati. Suffering from low blood pressure, acute joint pain and chronic cough, she has been undergoing treatment in a private hospital in Dibrugarh for the past two weeks.
Paresh Barua, 58, who headed the ULFA’s armed wing since its inception in 1979, had two years ago declared his faction as ULFA (Independent) after the original group headed by chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa entered into a ceasefire agreement with the government.
In 2003, Barua shifted from Bhutan to Bangladesh after Bhutan army launched an operation. He is currently holed up in a hideout in Myanmar. Close to NSCN(K) chief S S Khaplang, Barua’s faction is also part of the United Liberation Front of Western South-East Asia.