Tinsukia: “ULFA-loi anurodh, Arunabh aamak ghurai diyok: Poriyaal (We appeal ULFA to return our son: Family),” read a placard at a protest place in Assam’s Charaideo district.
Unlike various protests in which hordes of people are coming out against the government, this was a mini protest led by six members of a family — not against the government but ULFA-I supremo Paresh Baruah.
Arunabh Gogoi, 24, a Master’s degree holder from JB College in Jorhat, went missing in December last year and since then there has been no news of his whereabouts.
Speaking with EastMojo, Arunabh’s father Kumud Gogoi said that on December 29, 2018, the police informed them that their elder son has joined ULFA-I. “We were shocked and taken aback,” he said.
“It’s been over a year but we haven’t heard his voice. We request ULFA-I to return our son,” Gogoi said, making an an appeal to Paresh Baruah.
Those protesting included the youth’s father, mother, two younger brothers, maternal grandfather and mother.
“We have no idea why he left us alone and joined ULFA-I. He graduated in 2018 and moved to our relative’s place in Moran in Dibrugarh district and joined them in their tent house business,” he said.
“We request the district administration and state government to help us get our son back,” Gogoi said, adding, “This protest is to make our voices heard. We will be coming back tomorrow again to sit on dharna.”
Speaking with EastMojo, Charaideo SP Anand Mishra said, “We spoke to the family to find out the reason for their protest.”
The development comes at a time when two youths have been reportedly missing from Upper Assam and are suspected to have joined ULFA-I amid widespread protests against Citizenship (Amendment) Act.