New Delhi, October 26: India has asked China to take action against the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) leader Paresh Baruah during Chinese Public Security Minister Zhao Kezhi’s visit to India this week. India also demanded a crackdown on the smuggling of arms and narcotics into Northeast India. The ULFA leader fled from Bangladesh in 2008, a day before Sheikh Hasina was re-elected. As per reports, he is believed to be hidden along the Myanmar-China border. Baruah is also reported to visit China many times.
India and China on October 22, signed the first-ever agreement on security cooperation which will strengthen and consolidate assistance in counter-terrorism, organised crimes, drug control, human trafficking and exchange of information, marking a new beginning between the two countries. The agreement was signed by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Kezhi. The Chinese Minister was on a visit to India from October 21 to 25. ULFA Chief Paresh Baruah in Final Draft National Register of Citizens
Meanwhile, last month Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has defended Beijing's repeated blockage of India's bids at the United Nations to list chief of Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) Azhar Masood as a global terrorist. He said that the issue lacks "consensus" among the members of the UN Security Council as well as the "directly concerned" parties - India and Pakistan. Azhar is accused of several deadly terrorist attacks in India, including one on the Uri military base in Kashmir in 2016 in which 17 security personnel were killed. China is also blocking India’s entry into the Nuclear Supplier’s Group.