Ulfa chief escapes unhurt in an attack in Bangladesh
Imphal, August 30 : United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA)
commander-in-chief Paresh Barua escaped the fourth attempt on
his life in nine months on Sunday evening in Bangladesh, said a
report in a news portal.
Bangladesh intelligence sources confirmed to the news portal
that Paresh has escaped unhurt in the attack.
According to the news portal, Indian security forces used
trained surrendered-Ulfa (Sulfa) cadres and members of the
Dhaka-based mafia group, Seven Stars, to eliminate the ULFA's
military wing chief.
The recent attack at 149, Segun Bagicha, in Dhaka on the
premises of MAK Properties, took place at 7 pm on August 26,
killing three of Paresh’s associates.
A senior official of Bangladesh’s caretaker administration
was reported to have told the news portal that "Paresh managed
to run away from the spot because of heavy police presence in
"But we managed to kill two Ulfa men of Paresh’s inner
circle, Ashanta Bag Phukan and Mridul Hazarika alias Salim. We
are yet to identify the third man whose body was lying in the
blood pool after the encounter on Sunday evening," an Indian
intelligence official confirmed, said the news portal.
"The gunmen fired from Chinese carbines and used night
visions to pinpoint the group," the senior Bangladesh Home
Ministry official told the news portal.
The gunmen fired inside the office of Challenger Transport,
which is inside the premises of MAK Properties. It is also
learnt that Paresh Barua has 40 per cent stake in the transport
According to the senior Bangladesh Home Ministry official
Paresh could escape because during the course of the firing, the
attackers got involved in a gun-battle with a mobile police
patrol in Segun Bagicha. "The attackers hurled grenades (at the
police) and escaped. The police fired several rounds at the
fleeing raiders, but none was injured," he said, adding that
five policemen were injured by the grenade blasts.
"We have found out a pattern in Paresh’s visit to the office
of Challenger Transport. He used to visit the office daily to
collect his dues. But due to the intervention of the local
police, we missed him this time also," a top Intelligence
official, who is the brain-child behind all the attempts on the
rebel leader, told the news portal.
Earlier, on July 6, Paresh was lucky when an explosion ripped
apart the basement of his two-storeyed safehouse beside the
Egyptian Embassy in the posh Gulshan area in Dhaka. Four Ulfa
militants and one Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI)
operative was killed in the attack.
The attack involved some senior members of the Dhaka-based
mafia syndicate Seven Stars who later took shelter in an Indian
intelligence safehouse in Kolkata’s Salt Lake area.
(August 30 : 9 PM)