Defence Ministry files affidavit on missing Ulfa cadres

Defence Ministry has submitted affidavit on the wherabouts of Ulfa cadres missing since Bhutan operations.

india Updated: Apr 27, 2006 23:10 IST

The Defence Ministry has submitted an affidavit before the Guwahati High Court on the whereabouts of Ulfa cadres missing since the Bhutan operations, but said it could not be made public.

The affidavit filed by Secretary to the Defence Ministry Shekhar Dutt before the High Court yesterday stated that the list of Ulfa cadres handed over by the Royal Bhutan Government to the Indian authorities could not be made public as it was an unpublished official document.

The publication of the list would be "detrimental to national security, injurious to public interest and hamper counter-insurgency operations", the ministry stated in its affidavit.

The Secretary also submitted that under Section 123 of the Evidence Act, the list could not be made public but has been submitted to the High Court for consideration.

The case will come up for hearing on Wednesday.

The court has asked the Ministry of Defence to submit the affidavit following a habeas corpus filed by Shyamoli Gogoi, wife of Ulfa leader Prakash Gogoi, seeking to know the whereabouts of her husband and other Ulfa cadres who are missing since 'Operation All Clear' launched by the Royal Bhutan Army to flush out North Eastern militants from that country in December 2003.

First Published: Apr 25, 2006 22:17 IST