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Ulfa extortion call traced to Jharnapani
Dimapur, May 9(NPN):
Published on 10 May. 2011 12:54 AM IST
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A call made through an Airtel mobile no-8974038113-purportedly by Ulfa militants demanding extortion from Kumud Kachari, chief executive member of the Thengal Kachari Autonomous Council, was traced by security forces to Jharnapani, under Medziphema, according to report emanating from Jorhat which appeared in a national daily. The report said a “self-proclaimed” Ulfa leader identified as Bijit Gogoi had used the mobile phone to contact Kumud Kachari, the CEM of Thengal Kachari Autonomous Council to remind the latter on the extortion notice for Rs.10 lakh served on April 27 on an Ulfa letter head mentioning May 6 as the deadline. According to security forces, the mobile is registered in the name of one ‘Chandan’ whose address was given as Jharnapani village(house no.916). It was reported that Kachari told Bijit that he had no power to pay the money as it was vested with the 22 members and the principal secretary Durga Baruah. Police sources said Ulfa then contacted Baruah and demanded that he find ways to give the money. It was reported that Baruah expressed inability since he was only a government servant and had no power to sign any cheque without the consent of the CEM and other members. On May 6 on the day of the deadline for payment, Kumud Kachari again received a phone call from Bijit, asking him to pay either from council funds or his own pocket or face dire consequences. Kachari refused again and lodged a complaint with the police. The report said Titabar Police refused to divulge details as investigations were on.

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