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Nava Thakuria
Guwahati: An Assamese journalist based in northeast India has been detained in Burma with a top militant leader, informed a highly paced Indian official on December 4, 2011.

According to India’s acclaimed news agency Press Trust of India’s reports (from New Delhi), Jiban Moran (a senior leader of United Liberation Front of Asom) and Rajib Bhattacharya (who works for a newly launched English daily newspaper ‘Seven Sister's Post’ from Guwahati) have been detained in Burma(Myanmar). No official statement has however comes from the Burmese government till this moment.

Jivan Moran is the second-in-command of the ULFA faction led by its military chief Paresh Baruah, who is opposing the peace talks with the Indian Government. Paresh Baruah is reportedly staying some where in Burma-China border areas. The ULFA is fighting New Delhi for an Independent Assam out of India. Rajib Bhattacharya (who earlier used to work for TimesNow, an influential Indian Television channel) went to Burma/China to take an interview of Paresh Baruah. ‘Seven Sister's Post’ is published by Saradha group and edited by the former BBC journalist Subir Bhaumik.

Quoting the Indian Union Home Secretary RK Singh, the PTI reported as he saying, “We have information that Jiban Moran and an Indian journalist were detained in Myanmar. But we have no information about the detention of Paresh Baruah.”

The duo were reportedly detained in the north-eastern part of Burma bordering China and their where about is still not known. It may be mentioned that for the first time, an Indian militant leader has been captured by the Burmese forces. Earlier there wee reports that the Burmese army attacked the hideouts of ULFA and other militant outfits, but no one was arrested. So the latest development may bring cheer to Indian government as it has been investing heavily in Burma to ensure support from the regime in anti-insurgent campaign.
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