Paresh Asom (L) and Abhijit Asom.
Paresh Asom (L) and Abhijit Asom.

Assam police have arrested a close associate of ULFA (I) chairman Abhijit Asom in Guwahati.

Dispur police arrested ULFA (I) rebel Bitopan Sonowal on Wednesday night from city’s Panjabari area.

Sonowal is a resident of Kawoimari area under Namrup police station in upper Assam’s Dibrugarh district.

Assistant commissioner of police (Dispur) Himangshu Das said Bitopan is very close to ULFA (I) chairperson Abhijit Asom.

Das said he entered the city on December 29.

No weapon or document was recovered from his possession.

A case has been registered against him under sections 120B, 121, 121A of IPC and Section 10 and 13 of the UAP Act.

A local court on Wednesday sent him to two-day police custody.

Abhijit Asom had become the chief of ULFA(I) in 2012 as declared by the insurgent outfit after its founding chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa was expelled following his failure to return to the underground group.

An alumnus of RKB Higher Secondary School, Puranigudam, and Gauhati Medical College , Abhijit is reported to be a practising physician in England.

According to various reports, Asom, close to ULFA (I) ‘commander-in-chief’ Paresh Baruah, had established a human rights organisation ‘Assam Watch’ in 1994/

Through the organisation which he highlighted in UN meetings alleged human rights violation by security forces during antiinsurgency operations in Assam.

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