Rajkhowa sent to 9 days police custody
The special camp court inside the Guwahati central jail has sent Ulfa chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa to nine days police custody.
Away from the media glare and unprecedented security cover, self- styled deputy commander-in-chief Raju Baruah and bodyguard of Rajkhowa, Raja Baruah were brought to the camp court inside the central jail on Thursday. This is first-ever camp court in the state.
The court has sent the trio to nine days police custody in connection with cases of explosion related to Paltan Bazar, Bharalumukh, Bhangagarh. The court of chief judicial magistrate, Kamrup, had on December 5 sent the trio to 12-day police custody. Government advocate has sought 14 days police custody. After hearing both the parties, the court sends the trio to nine days custody.
The lawyer appearing for the trio, Bijon Mahajan, said: "The special court camp was set up following a request from the state chief secretary to the Gauhati High Court."
Family members of Rajkhowa met him in jail on Thursday. Brother of Arabinda, Ajay said that his brother has said there is no move yet on the negotiation front. "We are keen to talk but till now, the Centre has not agreed to discuss the issue (sovereignty) for which the outfit was born."
Police sources said: "Chief minister Tarun Gogoi was displeased with the handling of situation on December 5, when the trio was produced in court. Thousands had gathered outside the court and a section of crowd raised "Ulfa Zindabad" slogans.
Sources added: "This time, however, we did not take any chance and have opted for a camp court. We have tried to keep media away as on the last occasion, Rajkhowa and Raju had made statements. The government is even contemplating to install jammers inside the jail premises as the jail has several high-profile Ulfa leaders. We may even facilitate the meeting between Rajkhowa and other jailed leaders inside the jail."
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