Mother of elusive rebel commander Paresh Barua has rejected Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi’s offer of financial aid for treatment.
Miliki Barua, 87, was one of two women for whom Gogoi had extended Rs 1,00,000 from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund on Wednesday. The other is filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi.
“I am old and won’t live long. I don’t need the aid, and would have refused even if the amount was higher. The government should rather distribute the money to flood-affected people in the state,” the octogenarian said on Thursday.
She was admitted to a private hospital in eastern Assam’s Dibrugarh town after complaining of palpitation and respiratory problem. Doctors who attended to her said she is suffering from low blood pressure, joint pain and chronic cough.
Miliki Barua stays with two of her sons at their native Jerai Chokoli Bhoria village under Chabua police station near Dibrugarh. But the son she has been yearning to see one last time is United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) commander Paresh Barua, who left home 35 years ago. Barua echoed his mother in advising Gogoi to help flood victims who needed the money more.
“His (Gogoi’s) offer of Rs 1 lakh to my bed-ridden mother for her treatment is politically-motivated. He should instead take necessary measures for the repeal of Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act of 1958,” he said in a statement.
He added, “We also want him to show his humane side by giving information about scores of ULFA cadres who went missing after the India-Bhutan joint military offensive (in 2003).”