The two hardcore ULFA leaders Akash Thapa alias Saranga Patowari and Captain Derhagra Sarania were arrested on October 21. They would soon be released secretly, without much official formality as per sources.
Both the cadres were arrested in Meghalaya when pro-talk ULFA leader Akash Thapa was accompanying Captain Derhagra Sarania from the Bangladesh border after being secretly deported into India. They were both produced to the Tura court and were remanded for seven days of judicial custody. However, as per sources, it is alleged that they have been handed over to the Assam Police by the Meghalaya police. Further, it is being claimed that these two would be soon released without much paperwork as they are in support of the ongoing lateral talk process going on between the outfit and the Government of India.
If the duo is to be released in such a manner, it puts serious questions on the judiciary and its nature. When the Tura court has asked them to be put to seven days of judicial custody of Meghalaya police, it is strange that their release is planned already. It brings forward the bias of the judiciary and law, which is claimed and should be above none.
In addition, this would be the second violation of law and judiciary within the same issue. It is to be mentioned that Captain Derhagra Sarania was arrested by the Bangladesh authorities back in 2009 and was convicted to a seven-year jail sentence. He was deported to India without his conviction completed in Bangladesh prison. Besides, there is yet no extradition treaty signed between India and Bangladesh regarding the transfer of prisoners or criminals convicted in either country. Captain Derhagra Sarania’s unofficial handover by Bangladesh authorities to India is understood to have been because of some secret understanding between the leaders of the pro-talk ULFA faction and the Indian Government and facilitated by the helpful Sheikh Hasina Government of Bangladesh.