|News Briefs Vol. 3 Issue No. 51||April 1-15, 2009|
The National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB)
appealed to the tribunal set up by the Centre to lift the ban imposed on it
as the outfit is under a ceasefire agreement with the government since 2005.
The tribunal conducted its hearing recently. Union Ministry of Home Affairs
(MHA) set up the tribunal with Delhi High Court judge S. N Agarwala as its
chairman to hear cases relating to ban imposed on various militant
According to NDFB counsel Nekibur Zaman, the Bodo outfit made it a point before the tribunal that at the time of its inception its demand was a sovereign “Boroland” that was not within the framework of the Indian Constitution, but after the signing of the ceasefire agreement with the government in 2005, it gave up its demand for sovereign “Boroland” and raised the fresh demand for an autonomous State that is well within the framework of the Constitution. “Since we have been raising a demand that is well within the framework of the Indian Constitution, and we abide by the rules and regulations set by the Central Government, why is the ban imposed on us not lifted yet?” the outfit questioned.
initiates action against Gogoi
Gogoi was quoted as saying: “I don’t take money, I don’t bother about money. Yes, I do collect money from people, yes that I agree. I do collect donations from people. Yes, whether general, whether businessman, I do take. I need money for these elections.”
ATTF ultras surrender in Tripura
The surrendered ultras were identified as Khudiram Debbarma (31) of Takarjala, near Agartala and Lokhendra Debbarma (29) of Kalayanpur in West Tripura. During interrogation, it was revealed that Khudiram had joined the ATTF in 1990 on being motivated by one Joyram Debbarma while Lokhendra joined militancy in 1999 on being motivated by of Capt Royal Debbarma, who was a surrendered militant. They underwent three months of training together in the 9th batch of 45 cadres in March 2001 at ATTF training camp Taraban under Panchari police station in Khagrachari of Bangladesh. Before surrendering, Khudiram was acting as camp commander of ATTF camp Dallubari, where about four ATTF cadres have been camping and was operating from the camp for collection of illegal subscription from bordering areas of Champahawar and Sidhai in Tripura, BSF sources said, adding that the chief instructor, Corporal Lokhendra was appointed as camp commander of ATTF camp Koilarmukh of Chittagong district in Bangladesh where at least 16 ATTF cadres have been still camping. Meanwhile, another hardcore ATTF extremist, identified as Charan Thung Malsum (25) of Takarjala, near Agartala surrendered on March 12, and escaped from Satchari ATTF camp with arms and ammunition, including one AK-56 rifle, three magazines, 74 rounds of AK series rifles, one wireless set and some Bangladeshi currencies.
kid bags major role in Amol Palekar’s film
The film will be entirely shot in Sikkim with the State’s scenic splendour and natural beauty having caught the attention of Palekar, who was here last month to scout for locales to shoot the film. Yuden, along with the cast, has already started shooting in West Sikkim and were at a locale in Kaluk recently. They were to shoot in other locales in West Sikkim like Shingshore, Pelling, Yuksom, Rinchepong before heading to other destinations in the other districts of the State.
Yuden, who is enormously talented, was selected from a lot of other aspiring child artistes who had auditioned when Palekar and his wife were here last month to spot local talents for the new production.
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