ULFA boss' sister to contest Assam Panchayat polls

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Guwahati, Dec 30 (UNI) As efforts to bring ULFA top brass Paresh Barua to the democratic process is yet to yield results, the cadre's family has shown its confidence in the electoral process with his sister contesting the Panchayat polls.

The ULFA 'commander-in-chief Barua's, younger sister Hirawati Chetia is a candidate for the councilor's seat from Baruhola Panchayat in Tinsukia district of the state.

A resident of Borsopari village in Panitol, Chetia's fate will be sealed in tomorrow's first phase of Panchayat polls in the state. Not only has she shown confidence in the democratic set up, her husband has also served the security forces and is a retired CRPF personnel.

Chetia is contesting the polls on Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) ticket, the main opposition and chief regional party in the state.

Paresh Baruah's mother Miliki Baruah had been a vocal critic of the ULFA's violent ways and had cast her vote in the previous elections, defying the diktat of the outfit her son leads.

Other family members of the ULFA 'c-in-c's household have also been participants of the democratic process and many are employed in the state government and military services.

UNI

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