We Cannot Compromise On Our Sovereignty: Rijiju On Holding Talks With Paresh Baruah

Paresh Barua fled from Bangladesh on the eve of Sheikh Hasina’s re-election in 2008
Paresh Barua fled from Bangladesh on the eve of Sheikh Hasina’s re-election in 2008

Guwahati, April 1, 2019

Union Minister of State for Home, Kiren Rijiju said that the Centre will not compromise with its sovereignty in order to hold talks with fugitive United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent) leader Paresh Baruah.

When asked whether the Centre is willing for talks with  Barua, Rijiju said the government recognises only the pro-talk faction of the outfit led by Arabinda Rajkhowa. “Paresh Barua has links with many underground groups who are against India. We cannot compromise on our sovereignty,” he added.

It may be noted that the Government of India has provided details of the whereabouts of Baruah to China demanding action against him.

Barua fled from Bangladesh on the eve of Sheikh Hasina’s re-election in 2008. He is understood to be hiding along the Myanmar-China border and undertakes frequent visits to China.  Earlier, China shrugged off the “allegation” of sheltering Baruah, saying it adheres to the policy of “non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries”.

Though the Centre has submitted details of the whereabouts of Baruah, the Government of China is yet to take any action. Report further mentions that “a few times Chinese authorities reported back to India that they checked the locations given to them and could not find Baruah”.