Guwahati: The elusive ULFA
`Commander-in-Chief` Paresh Barua, currently hiding in
Myanmar, is still an Indian railway employee with `Away
without Leave (AWOL)` status for nearly 30 years.
According to Barua`s colleague Supriyo Choudhury, both
Paresh and he had joined the Northeast Frontier Railway`s
Tinsukia division as porters under sports quota at a monthly
salary of Rs 370 in 1978.
Barua was 21-year-old when he joined the department. He
was a footballer and played many matches for the Railways,
Choudhury, now promoted to the post of conductor, said.
After formation of the ULFA on April 7 in 1979, Choudhury
said, Barua had stopped coming to office from January 1980 and
never seen thereafter.
According to Railway records, Barua`s salary slip shows
nil and he is still an employee of the NF Railways with AWOL
The Railway had recently ordered an enquiry to verify
whether Barua on its rolls is the banned outfit`s military
chief as no photo was required then to apply for a job.
The mailing address of Barua, who hails from Jeraigaon
village in Tinsukia district, however, matches with the
Barua is currently under a Red Corner Notice of the