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3 NE states seek extension of ULFA ban
Correspondent SHILLONG, APR 26:
Published on 27 Apr. 2009 12:17 AM IST
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The unlawful activities (prevention) tribunal today sought the opinion of the Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh government for the first time on the terror activities of the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) in their respective states. Assam and Meghalaya on Sunday submitted their opinions before the Tribunal which will be followed by Arunachal Pradesh tomorrow. The sitting of the tribunal assumed significance as the Centre earlier was considering classifying ULFA as a “terrorist group” in view of its “terrorist skills, which is posing a challenge to the security of Assam and other neighbouring states. Certain security think-tank had already listed the outlawed ULFA militant group as a terrorist organisation. Justice Reva Khetrapal who is the presiding officer of the unlawful activities (prevention) tribunal heard the submissions on the anti-national activities of the ULFA in Assam and Meghalaya. Assam and Meghalaya police officials, besides Meghalaya’s Commissioner and Secretary Home Shreeranjan and Deputy Commissioner’s of East and West Garo Hills districts submitted their affidavits on the activities of the ULFA. For the first time, Shreeranjan said Meghalaya submitted its evidence against the illegal activities of ULFA, while seeking the ban of ULFA in the state. Meghalaya’s Garo Hills and West Khasi Hills which shares borders with Assam and neighbouring Bangladesh has been frequently used in the past by ULFA and other militant groups to sneak into the country and carry out subversive activities. “We have deposed evidence on ULFA using Garo Hills as its safe refuge and corridor to Bangladesh,” a Meghalaya police official said. The Meghalaya government submitted the list of ULFA cadres who surrendered and arrested in Garo Hills and their confessions besides handing over the list of arms, ammunition and explosives seized from them. Assam police officials from Darang, Nalbari, Kamrup and Guwahati also submitted their affidavits pleading that the ban should be extended against the ULFA.

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