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Jun 17, 2007 at 01:02pm IST

ULFA chief safe home in Dhaka

Guwahati: Thousands of Indian troops are fighting the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) in upper Assam, but the banned group’s chief lives far away and safe from capture.

Paresh Barua, commander-in-chief of ULFA, is believed to be living in Dhaka under the care and patronage of Bangladesh’s Directorate General of Field Intelligence. Even Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) is believed to be helping him.

Barua uses several aliases, including Kamruj Zaman Khan or Zaman Bhai, in Dhaka. His wife, Bobby, is known as Sufia Begum and they have two children named Tahsim Khan and Akash Khan.

Intelligence officials told CNN-IBN that Barua keeps changing his homes in Dhaka and his last know address was: 25/2 Green Road (Fifth Floor) Dhanmondi Dhaka -1205

The patronage Barua and ULFA get from Bangladesh means that the Indian’s Army operation against the rebels in upper Assam and the Arunachal-Myanmar border could at best be a short-term solution. Documents available with CNN- IBN clearly prove that the ULFA, which has killed at least 67 migrant workers in Assam in January and carried out bomb explosions, gets support and encouragement from Bangladesh and Pakistan.

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has directly accused the ISI behind the recent killings in Assam. "It is the ISI behind that's behind the killings,” he said recently

Intelligence sources have also told CNN-IBN that since 2002 at least 38 ULFA militants, mainly from its dreaded 28th Battalion, have attended camps in Batrossi Hills in Mansera district in Pakistan to receive arms and explosive training there.

Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar too alleges that Bangladesh is supporting the militants. “They (rebel groups) have their camps in Bangladesh. Our relationship with Bangladesh is friendly, and they also claim so. If that is the state of affairs, why doesn't the Govt of India doesn't take up this matter with its counterparts to pursue them (the rebels) and demolish all their camps,” he says.

Such accusations give credence to the belief that Bangladesh is fast emerging as a rogue state, and India has clearly failed to notice the rising terror threat from the East. And if it has noticed India has failed to act in a proactive way to deal with this menace.

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