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                         Vol.4, No.16 [*] March 12, 1999
                   The time has come for all good men 
                        to rise above principle.
                              - Huey Long

   NAGAON:   The  Nagaon  police  arrested  nine  persons  including a
   hard-core ULFA ultra, seven women activist of the banned outfit and
   the editor of the `Padatik' magazine, Mr Hemanta Kumar Saikia  from
   two separate areas of Nagaon district on March 10.  The police have
   recovered  a  large  number  of  incriminating  documents  from the
   military head office of the Sanjukta Mukti Fauj.
   The arrested persons were identified as Trilok Chamua alias Dhiren,
   organizational member of ULFA; Tilottama Hazarika  alias  Pompi  of
   Ghani  Mahima  village, Karabi Das alias June of Chamaguri Borbari,
   Hemo Pravha Devi alias Preeti Devi of No.3 Kaki  village,  Pratibha
   Saikia  alias  Sumi  of  Kathiatoli,  Jyostna Saikia alias Geetu of
   Howraghat in Karbi Anglong district, Beauty Phookan alias Bhani  of
   Charbari,  and  Baby  Mahanta  from  the residence of Baby Mahanta,
   advisor of Samanyarakhi Mahila Parishad, at Lachitpur near Nagaon.
   Although the police have claimed that the arrested group  of  women
   are  members  of  the ULFA, the MASS, a human rights group, and the
   students' organization, AJYCP have denied it.    The  organizations
   while  stating that the arrested group of women were office bearers
   of Samanyarakhi Mahila Parishad vehemently  protested  and  rebuked
   the atrocities  committed  on  the  women during their arrest.  The
   police have admitted Baby Mahanta to a hospital after she  reported
   ill while in police custody.
   NALBARI:   A  15-year-old  boy,  Khitish  Biswas  succumbed  to his
   injuries  sustained  when  a  land  mine,  planted   by   suspected
   extremists at Khandajan on Indo-Bhutan border under Tamulpur police
   station in Nalbari district, went off at 10 am on March 10.  One of
   his legs was severed due to the blast.
   The  mine  went off when a group of young boys had gone to the area
   to collect firewood.  Two of them were injured  in  the  blast  and
   were  rushed  to the Nalbari civil hospital where Khitish succumbed
   to his injuries.  The condition of the other boy is  stated  to  be
   stable.   The  Army  and  police  have  launched a drive to nab the
   GUWAHATI:  The `abducted'  general  secretary  of  Karbi  Students'
   Association  (KSA) Bhogeswar Terang was released by his `abductors'
   near Geetanagar at 9:30 pm on March 8, after nearly 17  hours  when
   he was whisked away in the morning by unidentified gunmen.
   The  gunmen who had come in two Maruti Gypsies called on him at the
   Karbi Hostel at Ambikagirinagar in Guwahati for some discussions at
   5 am and took him away at gunpoint.  The police registered  a  case
   in  this  connection,  but  could not ascertain the identity of the
   gunmen or the reasons behind the abduction.
   It  has  now  been  revealed  after  Mr  Terang's release, that the
   student leader was picked up  by  the  Army  for  interrogation  on
   suspicion  of  his  having  close  links  with  the  Karbi National
   Volunteers (KNV), a militant outfit.  Mr Terang  who  bore  torture
   marks  has  been  admitted in the Mohendra Mohan Chaudhury Hospital
   for treatment.
   GUWAHATI:    Acting   on   specific  information  and  confessional
   statements from two arrested  ULFA  activists,  the  Kamrup  police
   busted  an  ULFA  camp  at  Singimari under Hajo police station and
   apprehended six of its activists on March 8.  The police  recovered
   one  revolver,  some  cartridges  and  incriminating documents from
   their possession.
   The  arrested  have been identified as Anjan Kalita, Brajen Braman,
   Dhurbajyoti Barman, Prabhat Barman, Kumud Barman and  Krishna  Das.
   Police  said  that  some  youths had encroached about 500 bighas (1
   bigha = 14,400 sq ft) of government land at Singimari and opened  a
   farm  named  Green  Revolution  with  financial assistance from the
   outlawed ULFA.
   The  profit earned from the agricultural produce had regularly gone
   to the ULFA exchequer,  sources  said,  adding  that  several  ULFA
   cadres  took  shelter  in the farm, besides carrying out subversive
   activities from there.
   However,  the Assam Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) while
   refuting the allegation by Kamrup police that Anjan Kalita, was  an
   ULFA militant, said that he was the president of AJYCP Hajo unit.
   President  of the Guwahati district committee of AJYCP, Marichandra
   Das, talking to newsmen on March 10, said that Singimari police had
   asked some persons to come to the police station on the pretext  of
   making certain inquiries and later arrested them as militants.
   Meanwhile,  an  executive  engineer  of the public works department
   (PWD), Bihpuria division in Lakhimpur district  was  arrested  from
   his Kumargaon  residence  on  March 7.  He was charged with funding
   ULFA militants.  The arrested engineer has been  sent  to  Bihpuria
   police station for further interrogation, police sources said.

Compiled from newspaper and agency reports for private circulation only.
      [S=Sentinel, AT=Assam Tribune, Agencies = UNI, PTI, PIB]
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