The outlawed ULFA today dubbed as "misinformation campaign" reports of the arrest of its 'commander-in-chief' Paresh Barua in Bangladesh.
In an e-mail statement, ULFA 'publicity wing in-charge' Anu Borgohain alleged that the spread of such rumours was "conspiracy by the government to create confusion in the minds of the people.
"Neither Paresh Barua nor any other leader of the group has been arrested in any country. They are safe in their respective places where they are currently staying and are discharging their duties accordingly," he said.
The ULFA also appealed to the people not to be influenced by such misinformation campaign which the "authorities spread with a section of the e-media".
The buzz regarding Barua's arrest in Bangladesh was dismissed as a rumour by both intelligence and police sources here along with Union Home Secretary G K Pillai in New Delhi.
It was highly unlikely that the ULFA leader would enter Bangladesh now after the arrest of the organisation's chairman, Arabinda Rajkhowa, and other top leaders, as also the arrest of NDFB chief Ranjan Daimary, sources said.
There were reports that a person returning from a 'business trip' to China has been held in Bangladesh and is suspected to be the ULFA commander-in-chief.