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Cops seek rebels’ trial venue shift

Silchar, May 21: Assam police want the trial of 16 militants to be shifted from Haflong in Dima Hasao district to Silchar in Cachar district of south Assam because of security reasons.

Sources in Haflong police said this measure would be better in view of the security reason and the hassle of escorting them to and from Haflong.

These militants, including 10 leaders and cadres of the DHD (Action) and rest six from the NSCN (I-M), were picked up following various encounters with the police and security forces in the district during the past one year, and all of them were lodged in the central prison here as their stay in Haflong jail was considered a “risky proposition”.

The arrested include Action Dimasa alias David Kemprai, the self-styled chairman of the DHD (A), and Livingstone Rakhuri, an area commander of the NSCN (I-M).

The Dimasa insurgent faction came into existence immediately after the surrender of the DHD (Joel) rebels in Haflong in October 2009.

The rebels were shifted to Silchar central jail in phases from Haflong district jail. But the prisoners are on an indefinite hunger strike from yesterday alleging that not a single undertrial since then was sent to the court in Haflong for trial.

The superintendent of Silchar Central jail, T.C. Talukdar, met the prisoners in a bid to withdraw the stalemate in the Silchar jail.

The undertrials, however, made it clear to the authorities that if their trial did not get off the ground within the next fortnight either in Haflong or Silchar, they would resume their agitation.

Talukdar said the jail staff did not take the risk of despatching them to Haflong for their periodic appearance in the court there for security reasons.

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