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Missing teacher joins Ulfa

Jorhat, Feb. 22: Speculation over the disappearance of Majoni Das, a teacher with Purva Bharati Educational Trust here, ended today with Ulfa’s Paresh Barua faction claiming that she had joined the outfit.

A release issued by the group’s publicity secretary, Arunudoi Dohotia, claimed that Majoni, who is a human rights activist, writer and a patriot, “managed to escape the evil design of Sivasagar police which had planned to eliminate her, arrived at an Ulfa camp and joined the outfit”.

Majoni, a resident of Udaipur village under Demow police station in Sivasagar district, had been reported missing since February 10.

Though the police claimed she had joined Ulfa, her family suspected the involvement of Sivasagar police in her disappearance. They alleged that the police were constantly harassing Majoni for her alleged links with a senior Ulfa leader.

A police team had reportedly gone to her house on February 8 looking for her. Majoni had gone home from Jorhat on February 6 to attend a family function but since she was not present in the house at that point of time, the police directed her family members to ask her to go to Sivasagar town to meet a top police official. The family alleged that on February 10, Majoni had gone to meet the police official.

On February 11, they filed an FIR at Demow police station claiming she was missing.

The Purva Bharati Educational Trust also filed a separate FIR at Jorhat police station. Majoni was staying at the institute’s hostel located near Saddar here.

The police claimed that Majoni, who is said to be in a relationship with a senior Ulfa leader, is at present staying in an Ulfa camp in eastern Nagaland, bordering Myanmar.

One of Majoni’s brothers, Diganta Das, had died in an encounter with security forces about 10 years ago.

This is the second such incident in recent times of a woman teacher deserting her families to join the anti-talks faction of Ulfa.

Another teacher, Jahnabi Mahanta of Naharkatia in Dibrugarh district, had joined Ulfa in February last year. The outfit had recently claimed that Jahnabi died in an accident early this month.

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