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Assam politicians chargesheeted
Published on 18 Nov. 2009 1:06 AM IST
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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) today chargesheeted 14 people including, two politicians and a former rebel, for having terror links in Assam. The NIA has been investigating the role of politicians, officials and militants in the systematic loot of over Rs 500 crore in over five years in the militancy ravaged North Cachar Hills district. The NIA submitted the chargesheet before the court of Special Judge and named former Chief Executive of NC Hills Niranjan Hojai and Mohit Hojai as having links with terror groups. Both along with bureaucrat R H Khan are in NIA custody. Their custodial period ends today and the trial will start from December 7. Notably the former rebel Jewel Garlosa, head of the erstwhile Black Widow group of militants, was also named in the chargesheet, reported UNI. He was arrested from Bangalore in August by Assam Police and is now in jail. This is also the first time that politicians have been charge sheeted under the NIA act for having terror link. Both belong to the Autonomous State Demand Committee (ASDC), a regional party confined to NC Hills district and Karbi Anglong. They stormed to power last year in the District Council election with the alleged help of the terror group and started a ‘’systematic loot’’. The investigation revealed that the bureaucracy, led by R H Khan, an Assam government official, made the plans and then used the rebels to siphon off money using the politicians to give legislative sanction. Both the NC Hills and Karbi Anglong are district councils and governed by elected representatives and except a few departments all are controlled by the self rule councils. The NIA found that no proper accounting was kept for over ten years and not less than Rs 500 crore of development fund made way to these three groups of people. ‘’Half of these money went to the rebels and as a result they had more weapons and could terrorise the hills district bringing everything to a grinding halt including the broad gauge conversion and highway expansion,’’ said former Assam DGP G M Srivastava.

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