Ulfa leader slams govt, vows to uphold identity


Jiten Dutta

Tinsukia, Sept. 4: A day after Dergaon police registered a suo motu case against pro-talks Ulfa leader Jiten Dutta, charging him with racial abuse and treason, Dutta hit back at the government, calling his fight a battle to save the identity of Assamese people.

Talking to The Telegraph, Dutta said, “I am fighting for our identity and existence, which are in danger. If the government slaps cases against me during the struggle to save the identity of Assamese people, I am least bothered.”

Dutta was the commander of Ulfa’s 28 battalion when they declared unilateral ceasefire in 2008.

He alleged that the BJP-led government in Assam was going soft on Bangladeshis and their supporters and harassing those who were fighting for the identity of indigenous people. “The BJP government has been in power for more than a year. What has stopped it from identifying and deporting Bangladeshis? It was one of their major pre-poll promises on which they were voted to power.”

On not appearing before the police, Dutta said, “I received the summons in the nick of time but as my schedule was tight, I informed the officer-in-charge of Dergaon police station through an application that I would not be able to appear on the due date. I will present myself if I get any further notice.” He added: “My fight will continue.”

Dergaon police in Golaghat district had registered a case under sections 153A (promoting enmity between different groups and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) and 121 (waging or attempting to wage war or abetting waging of war against the government of India) of the IPC. If convicted under Section 121, an accused can receive death penalty or life imprisonment.

“We have registered a suo motu case against Dutta for allegedly shouting slogans, patronising Ulfa and ‘commander-in-chief’ of the outfit’s anti-talks faction, Paresh Barua, during a rally in Dergaon on August 29 to protest against the alleged assault on pro-talks Ulfa members in Nagaon by some traders,” police had said, adding that a notice under Section 41(A) of CrPC was issued to Dutta on Saturday, directing him to appear before the police.

A few traders in Nagaon, alleging extortion, had beaten up a pro-talks Ulfa member, Moon Bora, who was on a drive to raise funds for flood victims.

The case against Dutta comes a few days after a senior police officer warned those trying to foment trouble in the wake of the Nagaon incident.

Rishu Kalantri Telegraph India

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