At a time the National Register of Citizens (NRC) has become a major talking point in the country with political parties going either in favour or against the NRC, ULFA chief Paresh Baruah made it to the second draft of the NRC.
United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent), self-styled commander-in-chief, Baruah's name appeared on the second list. It is important to mention that his name also appeared on the first draft that was published on December 31 of last year.
This after family members of former President of India, Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed could not make it to the list. The name of the brother of the former President, Ahtrauddin Ali Ahmed, his nephew Jiyauddin Ali Ahmed, his wife Akima Begum and their two sons Habib Ali and Wajed Ali did not find any mention in the second draft.
Besides the family members of the former president, BJP MLA Ramakant Deori and a retired Army officer Mohd Azmal Hoque, who has served the country for 30 years could not make it to the second list.
ULFA - a banned militant organisation is leading an armed struggle under the leadership of Barua for 'sovereign' Assam. Baruah is reportedly living somewhere between China and Myanmar border.
According to reports, Baruah's family members are deceased mother - Miliki Baruah, brother Bikul Baruah , sister-in-law Renu Baruah, niece Dimpi Baruah and nephew Sukapha Baruah.
However, Baruah's wife Boby Bhuyan Baruah and his two sons - Ankur and Akash - have failed to find their mention in the list. Reports also suggest that Baruah's wife has been living in China and his two sons are studying in some other country.
NRC list mentions Baruah's birthplace as Chakalibhoria in Dibrugarh district of Assam and the date of birth mentioned in documents is February 15, 1957.