The Assam Police on Saturday said it was aware of the insurgent group ULFA(I)’s claim of executing two of its own members.
United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent) claimed to have carried out a ‘death sentence’ against two of its cadres, Dhanjit Das alias Rupak Asom and Sanjib Sarma alias Rishav Asom, for allegedly spying for government agencies and instigating other cadres to leave the organisation.
“We have seen the ULFA (I)’s statement. It is the ULFA who is claiming that they are spies. We don’t want to comment,” Inspector General of Police (Special Branch) Lachit Barua told reporters.
The “death sentence” was pronounced by the proscribed body’s “lower justice council” after the two confessed to the charges against them, an email sent to media houses by the outfit claimed.
The ULFA (I) has long been suspected of handing down death penalty to its erring members though such instances had not been confirmed by the organization.
The outfit declared a cessation of hostilities in May last year, soon after the Himanta Biswa Sarma-led government assumed power in Assam.
State doesn’t need such bloodbath: Assam CM
GUWAHATI, MAY 7 (AGENCIES) : Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has reacted to the reports of the banned United Liberation Front of Asom-Independent (ULFA-I) executing two youths from the state for allegedly being police ‘spies’ by saying that the people of the state do not need such a bloodbath, reports The Sentinel Assam.
He added that the future of those who have joined the militant outfit was dark. The Assam CM went on to say that the state now needs to march on the path of progress, development and peace. He has condemned the incident by saying that it’s unfortunate and needless if the reports are true and such execution has indeed happened.
He has urged the ULFA (I) to come forward and join the peace process. However, the chief minister refrained from commenting on whether such activities carried out by ULFA (I) would have an impact on the ongoing peace process with the outfit and its pro-talk faction. Meanwhile, the ULFA (I), via a statement made on May 7, said that Dhanjit Das and Sanjib Sarma were sentenced to death after they were found guilty of being ‘spies’ and working for Assam Police.
Videos of the duo requesting the youths of the state to not follow their path had also been released by the insurgent group. A video had been released by the banned outfit last month where Sanjib confessed that he was planted as a spy by a top Assam Police official and a senior Indian Army official to extract crucial intelligence.
“Joint Police Commissioner Partha Sarathi Mahanta and army official Dhunumoni Saikia have trained me and sent me to ULFA. I was asked to gather information on the outfit’s camp and also to get information on the route to the camp. The senior police officer and army official said that I will be rewarded with a sum of Rs. 1crore for gathering the information,” Sanjib said in the video message.
“I worked in several missions of Army and police before joining ULFA-I for which I was paid 10,000 and 20,000 in two missions respectively,” he added.