Guwahati/ 9th May’2018 (Prag News Desk):
It has been reported that missing Rebati Phukan was in discussion with ULFA-I commander in chief Paresh Baruah, trying to convince him to return to Assam for peace talks with the government.
As per Rebati Phukan’s son’s allegations, it has been reported that senior people’s Consultative Group (PCG) member, Rebati Phukan was kidnapped by someone who doesn’t want ULFA-I commander in chief Paresh Baruah to return. The Assam Police has stated that Phukan was in discussion with the ULFA-I leader to bring him into the peace talks process.
Rebati Phukan approached Paresh Baruah to convince him
Speaking about the disappearance of Phukan, ADGP Pallab Bhattacharyya stated that Rebati Phukan was already in discussions with Paresh Baruah to bring him to the peace talks process. Bhattacharyya added that he had taken many initiatives on the peace talk process and also had multiple discussions with the ULFA-I leader.
However, the ADGP added that whatever issues were under discussion between Paresh Baruah and Phukan cannot be revealed as these are confidential.
Rebati Phukan was a childhood friend of the ULFA leader Paresh Baruah and as part of the PCG group; he was in close touch with Baruah negotiating between the government and the ULFA-I for the last 7-8 years.
Kaushik Phukan, Rebati Phukan’s son suspects that people with vested interests, who don’t want Paresh Baruah to return back to Assam, have kidnapped his father.
Earlier, Rebati Phukan who was a national level footballer had gone missing mysteriously since April 22.
Chief Minister Sonowal who is known to be a good friend of Rebati Phukan took strong note of the incident and asked the DGP to trace the whereabouts of Phukan immediately.
Speaking about the incident, general secretary of the ULFA, Anup Chetia said, “Locals informed me that he went out for a morning walk at around 6:30 am on April 22 wearing shorts but after that, he was not seen anywhere by anyone.”
ULFA-I Chief Paresh Baruah had reportedly expressed concern and had also asked CM Sonowal tot ake immediate steps to find out the missing ex-footballer.