Chabua: At a time when there have been reports of several youths from the state joining the United Liberation Front of Asom-Independent (ULFA-I) in the past couple of months, especially from the districts of upper Assam, the rebel outfit chairman’s nephew jumping on the bandwagon has lent a new twist to the story.
The youth, Munna Baruah, is the nephew of the ULFA(I) chief Paresh Baruah. Munna hails from the Jerai village of Chabua in Dibrugarh district. His father, Bimal Baruah is Paresh Baruah’s elder brother.
Munna, 24, is a junior engineer and was doing his apprenticeship at the the Digboi Refinery, which is owned by the IOCL (AOD), located in upper Assam’s Tinsukia district. Munna used to stay in a rented house along with one of his colleagues. On Thursday, he had left Digboi in a bus informing his roommate that he was going home. However, since then, there has been no trace of Munna, following which his father lodged an FIR with the Digboi and Chabua police stations.
It is reported that Munna was missing from his duty for the past three days and ultimately his parents filed the FIR at both Digboi and Chabua police stations after discussing the matter with his colleagues and friends. Till Tuesday, Munna was in touch with his parents over phone. However, from Wednesday onwards his mobile phone was not responding.
When asked about the possibility of Munna joining the banned outfit, his father Bimal Baruah reportedly told a section of the media that his son is a matured youth and academically brilliant student but did not rule out the possibility. However, intelligence sources have confirmed that he has indeed joined the outfit.
Meanwhile, police investigation is on to ascertain his whereabouts.