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The ULFA has denied intelligence reports about their leader Paresh Barua succumbing to injuries sustained in a road accident.
A ULFA statement signed by a member of its publicity department Romel Asom said the reports about Barua’s death were ‘fake and incorrect’.
It said: “Our leader is safe and sound.”
The statement said the people of Assam should not believe “such misleading reports”.
Indian intelligence officials were unwilling to share details as yet but it is reliably learnt that they had picked up information about Barua’s accident about a week ago through SIGINT sources which were corroborated by HUMINT sources. Barua is said to have fractured several ribs and a leg in the road accident
Paresh Barua, who is quick to call journalists, reacted so far. This time he didn’t.
It would be surely difficult for the rebel chieftain to use his phone freely to call up media persons only in two eventualities — if he has succumbed to his injuries or if he is undergoing treatment in China.
The Chinese will not allow him to call freely, lest he betrays his location and that is intercepted by Indian SIGINT agencies.
India recently pitched for Barua’s handover to the Chinese who denied his presence in their territory.
Indian intelligence officials were unwilling to share details as yet but it is reliably learnt that they had picked up information about Barua’s accident about a week ago through SIGINT sources which were corroborated by HUMINT sources.
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Barua is said to have fractured several ribs and a leg in the road accident.
But the exact spot of the accident is not known but is said to be around Ruili on the Sino–Burmese border.
“The accident is confirmed but we are trying to check on inputs that Barua has succumbed,” one senior intelligence official said on condition of anonymity.
Barua is known to have frequented Ruili since fleeing Bangladesh 9 years ago. India recently requested the Chinese to hand him over to India but China denied his presence in their territory.
The Indian army recently requested a visiting Burmese delegation to nab Paresh Barua because he often stayed at the ULFA central headquarters in Taga in Sagaing Division. ■