Tinsukia: Banned outfit United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent) has discharges one of the topmost functionary, also known to be a close aide of outfit’s supremo Paresh Baruah, and a member of the central executive committee from ULFA (I) Maj Gen Jibon Moran from the outfit on health grounds.
Moran is the finance secretary of ULFA (I).
On Sunday, in a media statement signed by the outfit’s chairman Abhijeet Asom, ULFA (I) said the outfit is concerned about Moran’s health and lack of medical facilities in the present scenario. “Hence, ULFA (I) has discharged Moran from all responsibility of the organization to allow him to return to his home, take medical care and stay rest of his life with the family.”
The 65-year-old ULFA leader underwent training in Burma after joining the outfit in 1984 and saw various blows to the outfit, including Operation Bajrang in 1990, Operation All Clear in Bhutan in 2003, the unilateral ceasefire by ULFA’s 28th Battalion (the most powerful unit of the outfit) and the crackdown in Bangladesh in 2009, in his 4-decade long rebellious life against the Government of India.
In 2019, when Tatmadaw (Myanmar Army) launched a crackdown on the camps of all separatist outfits from the Northeast except NSCN (K) in the Taga region, ULFA leader Jibon Moran was based at Taga and was entrusted with the task of managing all the camps.
His last-known location of operation was ULFA’s General HQ camp located at Sake Hi area in Myanmar, opposite Changlang district in India, where NSCN (K) runs its CHQ camp.
Moran, a resident of Tinsukia district, who is currently the senior-most functionary in ULFA (I), is known to be unable to walk for long distances in the hills amid reports emerging from time to time suggesting that he is unwell for the past couple of years.