Former finance secretary of the United Liberation Front of Assam-Independent (ULFA-I), Jeevan Moran, told sources that the banned rebel group’s annual budget is Rs 1 crore or more, which is utilized to sustain the camps.
Moran, who surrendered to the Assam Police last year after quitting the organization owing to health issues, added, “Annually, it may be Rs 1 crore or more. Everything depends on the circumstances in the camps and the need for food, clothing, and other supplies.”
“Our commander-in-chief used to deliver the money, and I would distribute it to the camps according to his orders,” Moran recounted.
“The fund is paid out on a monthly or bi-weekly basis. Commander-in-chief Paresh Baruah, senior leader Nayan Medhi, Arunudoy Dohutia, and I, in particular, collected funds from various sources on Baruah’s advice.”
Moran deposited Rs 2 crore in the ULFA-I Central Head Quarters
However, when he departed the camp, the senior-most leader said he deposited Rs 2 crore in the Central Head Quarters (CHQs). Moran was the man in charge of all of Myanmar’s camps.
In his four-decade-long rebellious life against the government, the 66-year-old ULFA-I leader underwent training in Burma after joining the outfit in 1984.
He witnessed various transformations, including Operation Bajrang, Rhino, All Clear in Bhutan in 2003, the unilateral ceasefire by ULFA-I’s 28th Battalion (the outfit’s most powerful unit), and the crackdown in Bangladesh in 2009.
He is two and a half years older than Paresh Baruah and maintained contact with him until he quit the organization.