ULFA commander ‘commits suicide’ in lock-up

Source : PTI
Last Updated: Mon, Aug 04, 2008 16:57 hrs

Shillong: The body of an arrested ULFA rebel leader, allegedly involved in ferrying arms from Bangladesh, was on Monday found hanging in a police lock-up in West Garo Hills of Meghalaya with police claiming it to be a case of suicide.

Police said Dharmen Koch alias Deben Hajong, who belonged to the 109 battalion of the group and was the Garo Hills area commander of the ULFA, allegedly committed suicide On Monday afternoon by hanging himself with a blanket in the toilet of the lock-up of Tura police station.

Hajong had taken over charge of the area after police shot dead Madan Koch in January. He was the main man who ferried arms and explosives for the group from Bangladesh to Assam through the Garo hills corridor, police said.

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Hajong was arrested from a market area in Tura on Saturday night and produced in the district judge's court after which he was remanded in police custody on Sunday.

The last incident of custodial death of an ULFA cadre was reported in 1991 in Assam.

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