Mithinga Daimary

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Mithinga Daimary
Born Deepak Kachari
(1967-05-17) May 17, 1967 (age 50)
Barama, Nalbari, Assam
Other names Deepak Das, Megon Kachari
Criminal charge Terrorism
Criminal status In prison

Mithinga Daimary (alias Deepak Das) (Assamese: মিথিংগা দৈমাৰী) was the Central Publicity Secretary of the banned outfit ULFA[1][2][3] since the previous publicity secretary Siddhartha Phukan's surrender in 1992. He was born in Barama village in Nalbari district of Assam[1][4] on May 17, 1967[4][5] with the birth name Deepak Kachari.[5]

Education[edit]

Daimary joined B Barooah College in Guwahati in 1986. But he could not complete his graduation since he joined ULFA in the same year and went underground. Later he became the Central Publicity Secretary of the outfit.[4]

Arrest[edit]

He was captured by the Royal Bhutan Army during the Operation All Clear in December 2003.[1][2] He was handed over by Bhutan to the Indian Army who in turn handed him over to Assam Police on December 20, 2003.[2] ‘‘I will not surrender before the government and will fight to the end,’’ said Daimay in a show of defiance when produced before the Chief Judicial Megistrate of Nalbari. He further said that the Bhutanese operation was quite unexpected.[6] He has now been released from jail for peace talks between the Government of India and the ULFA.[5] Apurba Baruah became his successor after his arrest.

Poetry[edit]

Daimary wrote poetry under the pseudonym Megan Kachari and has three collections of it. In 2006, the World Book Fair in Frankfurt released an English translation of some of his poems.[1] Melodies and Guns (ISBN 9788174765802)[7]) is a collection of his poems published by UBSPD in response to the efforts taken by Jnanpith Awardee Mamoni Raisom Goswami. Memsahib Prithibi is the collection of his Assamese poetry[5] now translated into English as "Melodies and Guns" by Pradeep Acharya and Manjeet Baruah. The preface of the book is written by Dr Goswami herself.[3][5] He has been writing poetry since even before he joined ULFA in 1980s.[3] "While at the camp, he had a few birds as pets. On the night of the crackdown, when everyone was fleeing, he wanted to take them with him. On finding them asleep, he waited for them to wake up, but it was too late," said Dr Mamoni Raisom Goswami.[5]

Family Assassination[edit]

In 2000 his entire family - mother, elder brother, sister, pregnant sister-in-law – was assassinated by unidentified gunman[1][5] which is said to be a part of the Secret Killings that then AGP government allegedly carried out.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Who's afraid of the ULFA?". Indianexpress.com. 2007-01-13. Retrieved 2009-10-13. 
  2. ^ a b c Hussain, Wasbir. "South Asia Intelligence review". Satp.org. Retrieved 2009-10-13. 
  3. ^ a b c Borpujari, Utpal (2006-08-16). "ULFA leader creates poetry in the time of guns". Retrieved 2009-10-13. 
  4. ^ a b c "Melodies And Guns: Poems Of Megan Kachari". Flipkart.com. Retrieved 2009-10-13. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Barooah Pisharoty, Sangeeta (2006-11-06). "Negotiating with guns and roses". The Hindu. Retrieved 2009-10-13. 
  6. ^ "Daimary says he won't surrender". Indianexpress.com. 2003-12-22. Retrieved 2009-10-13. 
  7. ^ "Melodies and Guns: Poems of Megan Kachari". BookFinder.com. Retrieved 2009-10-13.