It has been long speculated that Paresh Barua has taken shelter in China after Awami League won landslide in 2008 Bangladesh election. Awami League leader Shaikh Hasina is considered to be pro-India and soon enough, she had started acting against Indian insurgents camping in Bangladesh territory.
United National Liberation Front (UNLF) chief RK Sanayaima alias Meghen, arrested last month in Bihar by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), confessed during interrogation that he had met the elusive ‘commander-in-chief’ of ULFA during the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. He had also confessed that Paresh Barua is enjoying hospitality in China.
Highly-placed sources said the Manipuri militant leader also told NIA investigators that both of them had intensive talks in Shanghai about the activities of the two outfits, future plans, arms procurement, and the casualties suffered during the offensive launched by security forces, as per reports in Assam Tribune.
Since India has no influence n China, the presence of Paresh Barua in China may indicate that ULFA’s military wing has the potential to create trouble in the recent peace process in Assam where top jailed ULFA leaders are being released on bail.