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Ulfa's Anup Chetia dismisses Paresh Baruah death claims

IANS  |  Guwahati 

The United Liberation Front of Asom's (Ulfa) pro-talk faction's General Secretary, Chetia on Wednesday dismissed that said Baruah, the commander-in-chief of the group's anti-talk faction, has died.

Assam-based news portals on Wednesday reported that Baruah met with an accident and succumbed to his last week in Ruili, located on the Myanmar-border.

"I do not think that there is truth in the news. Baruah met with an accident about three months back in Ruili while he was on a motorcycle. However, he called me up at least three times after that and told me that he was recovering," Chetia told IANS on phone.

"He told me that there some of his bones and a toe was fratctured. I received a call from him last Sunday which I could not receive as I was in a meeting. So, considering all these facts I do not think that the news of his death is true."

Chetia said that it was basically a one way communication between him and Baruah always.

"We cannot contact him, it is always he who contacts me. I think nothing untoward has happened with him," Chetia said.

Police and intelligence officials were yet to confirm the news of death of the

The was divided into two factions after some leaders of the outfit including Arabinda Rajkhowa, were arrested in and were handed over to Indian authorities.

These leaders later decided to sit for peace talks while the faction led by Baruah decided to continue the armed struggle for a "sovereign"

Chetia, who was in a jail in Bangladesh, was extradited to later and he also decided to join the faction who is negotiating the peace talks.



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First Published: Wed, November 07 2018. 12:06 IST