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NIA files charge-sheet against top ULFA leaders


Guwahati : The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday filed a charge-sheet before the Special NIA Court here against three cadres of the anti-talks faction of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) for intending to wage war against the country.

The charge-sheet was filed against commander-in-chief of the anti-talk faction of the outfit Paresh Baruah alias Paresh Asom alias Kamruj Zaman Khan alias Nur-uz-Zaman alias Zaman Bhai alias Pradip alias Paban Baruah, the outfit’s chairman, Dr. Abhijit Asom alias Dr. Abhizeet Asom alias Abhijit Barman alias Dr. Mukul Hazarika and against Gagan Hazarika alias Joydeep Cheleng.

While Gagan Hazarika is already in police custody, the two other are absconding, according to a statement from the central investigating agency.

The charge-sheet was filed under sections 17, 18, 18A, 18B and 20 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 and under sections 121A, 124A, 120B and 385 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

A case was registered at the NIA, Guwahati, in December 2013 under various sections of the IPC as well as Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

It stated that the anti-talk faction of ULFA headed by Paresh Baruah and other members are trying to revive terrorist activities by recruiting new cadres and organising terrorist camps within as well as beyond Indian territories.