According Raju Saikia, who recently surrendered before Army Authorities in Guwahati, there is a leadership crisis in ULFA ( United Liberation Front of Assam) after any of its top leaders were arrested and handed over to India. “The cadres based in Myanmar often discuss the leadership issue and most of them are convinced there is no future in ULFA. I have never met or seen our commander-in-chief Paresh Baruah,” the surrendered rebel said.
Raju Saikia, alias Mike Antony, was in Myanmar for the past eight years, mentions that there are many in ULFA who want to surrender as they are now convinced that ‘Independent Assam’ is not possible.
While it is well known that, almost all ULFA leaders are now in Guwahati jail except Paresh Barua, the self styled ‘commander in chief’ of ULFA. ULFA was formed on 7th April 1979 in Sivasagar by few Assam youths with a dream to ‘free’ Assam from ‘Indian occupation forces’.
According Raju Saikia, there are now hardly 150 ULFA cadres in Myanmar camp and they are facing acute shortage of fund, food. They are being hosted by NSCN(K) group.
Most probably, the end of ULFA is near now.
News Source : Assam Tribune.