Paresh Baruah (or Paresh Barua), born in 1957 at Jeraichakali Bhariagaon, Assam, India, is the self-styled commander-in-chief of the militant group ULFA. He worked as a railway porter from 1978 to 1982, and as a labourer for Oil India Limited at Duliajan for some time. On 10 May 1985, he and other members of his group carried out an armed bank robbery. They shot and killed the manager, took Rs. 27,549 in cash and fled the scene in a vehicle taken from someone they had kidnapped. In 1989 he came in contact with Nagaland Rebels and Kachin rebels based in Myanmar, who provided strategic training to his group. In 1990, his group became engaged in extortion. In an interview, he mentioned that Tata Tea refused their extortion attempt, although later Tata Tea paid Rs. 10 million to another group, Bodo Security Police, to get an abducted manager released. Before joining ULFA, Paresh was a
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