Miliki Barua, mother of top ULFA(I) leader Paresh Barua, passed away at the age of 88 at village Jerai Chakalibhariya in Dibrugarh district, about 460 km from here, on Thursday morning. She was suffering from age-related ailments from the past several weeks and was also admitted to a hospital for two weeks.
Condoling her death, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said she was a popular and upright woman typical of her times. Other leaders of the state, including former chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, union minister of state for sports Sarbananda Sonowal and AASU advisor Samujjal Bhattacharyya, also condoled her death.
Miliki Barua, who had become well-known for the interviews that she gave to media every time her rebel son Paresh Barua was in the news, leaves behind three sons, including the youngest who is currently believed to be holed up in Myanmar.
Last month Gogoi had offered a safe passage to Paresh Barua in case he wanted to see his ailing mother, but the rebel leader rejected that offer.
Barua’s mother on her part had rejected a financial grant of Rs 1 lakh that Gogoi had offered for her treatment last month. Rejecting the financial grant she asked the government to spend it for the welfare of those affected in the recent floods across the state.