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Man suspected to be ULFA chief held in Dhaka
NEW DELHI, JUN 14 (Agencies):
Published on 15 Jun. 2009 12:47 AM IST
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Authorities in Bangladesh have arrested a man who they suspect is Paresh Baruah, commander-in-chief of the banned United Liberation Front of Asom separatist group. According to TV reports Bangladesh CID arrested Barua from an apartment in Dhaka. Sources tell CNN-IBN the suspect carried a passport that identified him as Samshul Alam of Sylhet district of Bangladesh. Bharua photo has been sent to New Delhi for verification. The arrest is the result of a crackdown launched by Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina on terrorist groups operating from Bangladesh. Two former top officers of the country’s National Security Intelligence were arrested in May for allegedly helping ULFA. From railway porter to oil company mazdoor to Assam’s most wanted terrorist on the run...Paresh Baruah’s rise to infamy has been meteoric. As the supreme commander-in-chief of the ULFA, 52-year-old Baruah has a host of crimes to his name, including murders, kidnappings, extortion and bank dacoities. Holed up in Bangladesh, Baruah is known for his close links with Pakistan’s ISI which is believed to have helped out the outfit with guerrilla training and supplies of arms, ammunition and explosives. Security agencies believe that though he is based in Bangladesh, he regularly visits Myanmar, Thailand and Pakistan under different aliases.

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