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Give info on missing Ulfa men: HC

Assam Govt was told to file an affidavit about whereabouts of leaders "missing" after Royal Bhutan Army operation.

india Updated: Apr 26, 2006 19:15 IST

The Guwahati High Court on Wednesday directed the Assam government to furnish the whereabouts of Ulfa cadres missing since the Bhutan crackdown on militants within a week.

A division bench of the court, headed by Chief Justice Sudarshan Reddy, directed the state government to file an affidavit furnishing whereabouts of the leaders who went "missing" after the Royal Bhutan Army operation against insurgents holed up in the country's jungles in 2003.

The court fixed May 14 for the next date of hearing.

On April 24 the Defence Ministry had filed an affidavit before the High Court stating 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Ulfa cadres handed over by the Royal Bhutan Government to the Indian authorities could not be made public as it was an unpublished official document.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 Court has asked the Ministry of Defence and now the state government to submit the affidavit following a habeas corpus filed by Shyamoli Gogoi, wife of Ulfa leader Prakash Gogoi, seeking whereabouts of her missing husband and other Ulfa cadres.

First Published: Apr 26, 2006 18:42 IST