Tinsukia: A youth from Assam’s Tinsukia has gone missing, the seventh one to have disappeared from the district and the 10th from the state, ever since Citizenship (Amendment) Act was passed in Rajya Sabha in December last year, as per official figures.
The youth has claimed to have left home to join ULFA (Independent).
Identifying himself as Samiran Sonowal Axom on his Facebook page, the youth reportedly comes from a financially-strong family background from Pengaree, and is the second one to leave home from the area after an All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) member, Biju Gogoi, who disappeared on January 3, remains untraced. The disappearance of a youth from a wealthy background has set off alarm bells for the state government and the Centre.
In the Facebook post — written in Assamese and uploaded on Monday afternoon, Samiran said that in the present scenario, people are left with no choice but to come on the roads for their every small right. “Even bigger issue is that whenever the indigenous population talks about their rights, the colonial rule puts sections against them and dominates them by their armed forces,” he wrote.
“Tejere rongali hoi rajpath, dharsita hoi matri-bhagnee urukha pajat (Streets filled with blood … sisters and mothers getting molested in broken homes),” his post said.
In the end of his post, Samiran said, “I have come out to join ULFA (Independent). The only way to build a better and strong Assam is a sovereign Assam; so come and join us to achieve the mission.”
The development comes at a time when there are conflicting media reports which suggest that ULFA-I will soon hold talks with the Centre. However, in a call to a satellite channel, ULFA-I supremo Paresh Baruah has made it clear that they are ready for talks but it has to be on the demand of ‘sovereignty’ of Assam.
Speaking with EastMojo, Tinsukia SP Shiladitya Chetia said, “We have come to know that the youth has gone missing since Monday.”
“On Tuesday, we received a missing complaint from his family members,” Chetia said, adding, “We have registered a case and trying to trace his whereabouts.”
According to sources, Samiran’s father is a tea garden owner. “Samiran did not appear for his higher secondary exams and got into business. Recently, he struck a deal with a famous tea factory to supply tea leaves,” sources added, quoting his father.
Although official figures remain 10, unofficial figures of youths disappearing remain quite high, if sources in the intelligence agencies are to be believed. Amid reports of missing youths, corroboration of two youths having joined the banned outfit from neighbouring Dibrugarh district has made matters worrisome.