ULFA cadre Bulbul Moran
Bulbul Moran alias Tiger Asom after his arrest along with two others on May 15, 2019. @karishmahasnat ·

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday filed chargesheet against two United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) militants under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in a 2018 case.

The ULFA militants are 26-year-old Bubul Moran alias Tiger Asom and 24-year-old Binanda Dahotiya alias Swadesh.

The NIA filed the chargesheet against the duo for their role in killing of five persons from the Bengali community in Tinsukia last November.

The chargesheet was filed before the NIA Special Court, Guwahati.

The duo surrendered in May and was subsequently arrested by the Assam police.

The cases against the accused were registered under Sections 120B, 121, 121 A, 302 and 307 of the IPC, Sections 250 A) and 27 of the Arms Act and Sections 10, 16(1)(a), 18, 20, 23(1), 38 and 39 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

Both Bubul Moran and Binanda Dahotiya are residents of Tinsukia.

In 2018, a group of unknown armed men wearing camouflage uniform of the Armykilled five persons at Bichanimukh Kherbari village in Tinsukia district.

“On November 1, 2018, at around 7 pm, a group of unknown armed men wearing army combat dress, covering their faces with black cloth, walked into Bichanimukh Kherbari village inhabited by Bengali speaking population,” the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in a statement said

“The armed men randomly called out six villagers from the village and took them across the iron bridge over Sauka Nala, on the approach road of the village.”

“They were forced to line up by the roadside, kneel down and then they were fired upon indiscriminately; killing five of the villagers. The sixth villager had a narrow escape as he collapsed on hearing the sound of gunfire,” the NIA statement said.

The investigation established that active members of ULFA were involved in the killing as part of a pre-planned conspiracy.

“Investigation has unearthed the conspiracy hatched by accused persons and their associates/leaders,” it said.

Investigation revealed that the arrested ULFA cadres armed with assault weapons along with others came from Myanmar to India, then from Arunachal Pradesh to Sadiya in Assam and reached Bichanimukh Kherbari village.

The NIA also said the arrested duo had been “carrying out various illegal and criminal activities on behalf of the ULFA such as extortion, kidnapping and murder in the region with an aim to wage war against India and attack the sovereignty and integrity of India”.

“Further investigation in the case is continuing against other accused,” it added.

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