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10-day police remand for arrested Top ULFA leaders

Posted by Ramesh Khati on November 9, 2009

GT Report Nanda Kirati Dewan


ULFA Leaders Sashadhar Choudhury- Chitraban Hazarika being produced in Court.

Guwahati 08 Nov 2009 (Gorkha Times):Arrested Northeast major militant group United Liberation Front of Assam(ULFA) leaders self styled foreign secretary Sasha Choudhury and finance secretary Chitraban Hazarika, who were produced at the Court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Kamrup, today, vowed to carry on the armed struggle for sovereign Assam. The court gave the duo a ten-day police remand and directed that they should be medically examined by competent doctors every 48 hours. The Police had sought a 14-day remand. The duo was arrested under several sections of IPC and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. A case (No 2/1998) was registered on the charges of possession of illegal arms and cash in connection of which the duo was arrested.

The duo was handed over to Assam Police by the Bangladesh authorities last night. Two top ULFA leaders, who had fled Bangladesh following a crackdown by security forces there, have surrendered before the BSF in Tripura under  mysterious  situation.

“The Bangladesh Government arrested us and handed us over to Assam Police,” they told the media while being produced at the court. They also revealed that ULFA c-in-c Paresh Baruah was no longer present in Bangladesh.

Choudhury, the outfit’s foreign secretary, and Hazarika, the finance secretary, were brought to the court under tight security from the Assam Police’s Special Branch office at Kahilipara around 3-45 pm. ULFA protests, Bandh called on Monday ULFA today gave a call for a 12-hour Assam bandh from 6 a m of November 9 in protest against the alleged abduction of its foreign secretary Sasha Choudhury and finance secretary Chitraban Hazarika by the Indian security
forces. It has also demanded immediate release of the two leaders.

In an e-mailed statement to the media, ULFA chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa said that Sasha and Chitraban were picked up by unidentified gunmen on November 1 and they are traceless since then. He demanded that they should be
presented before the media.

The ULFA chairman, in his statement, further alleged that instead of trying to resolve the issues through dialogue, the Indian Government has been hatching conspiracies to attack ULFA leaders both inside and outside the country.


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