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Bail for Sarania in kidnap case

Guwahati, Dec. 15: The court of the additional sessions judge Gautam Barua today granted bail to pro-talks Ulfa leader Hira Sarania in the case of abduction of former FCI executive director P.C. Ram.

In 2009, the CBI filed a chargesheet against 17 persons, including Sarania, who was then the commander of Ulfa’s 709 battalion, in the Ram abduction case.

Ram was subsequently killed in a crossfire between police and his captors on July 11, 2007.

Guwahati police arrested Sarania from Nalbari district in August this year. Sarania is now with the pro-talks group of Ulfa led by Arabinda Rajkhowa.

Advocate Raju Pradhan, who represented Sarania in court along with advocate Manas Sarania, told this correspondent that the court had granted bail to Sarania in Ram’s abduction and other cases where he was allegedly involved.

The CBI, in its chargesheet, had said that the criminal conspiracy to abduct the FCI official was hatched by the NDFB at Barama in Baksa district in December 2006. The outfit, however, decided that as it was in a ceasefire, it would take Ulfa’s help to carry out the negotiations. The NDFB approached Ulfa and struck a deal with Sarania to share the ransom equally.

Sarania was also accused by city police of his involvement in murder and robbery cases in the Christian Basti area here. Two persons were killed after their abductions by the gang on two different days in August this year.

Police investigation revealed that the gang had dumped the bodies of Binit Jain and Suresh Patel in the Brahmaputra after chopping their bodies into pieces.

Rebel surrenders

Bikram Basumatary, alias B. Belai, a cadre of the Ranjan Daimari faction of NDFB, surrendered before police at Sivasagar today. He deposited a rifle, ammunition and a bullet-proof jacket.