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Give bodies of ULFA members to family: HC

Press Trust of India

Posted: Dec 23, 2003 at 1149 hrs IST

The Guwahati High Court on Tuesday directed the Army authorities to hand over the body of ULFA idealogue Bhimkanta Buragohain, if in possession, to the nearest police station to enable his family perform last rites and observed that similar treatment could be meted out to the bodies of other ULFA members.

The directive by a division bench comprising Justice D. Biswas and Justice I.A. Ansari followed a petition by the Manab Adhikari Surakha Samittee (MASS).

After the directive on the body of Buragohain, petitioner's advocate B. Mahajan sought similar order for bodies of other ULFA activists, though they might not be named in the petition, on humanitarian ground.

Objections were raised by Central Government counsel S. Bhattacharjee about the maintainability of such a prayer when dead persons were not named in the petition.

At this, the court observed that the bodies of combatant and non-combatant ULFA members in Bhutan, if received by the Indian Army, might be handed over to the nearest police station so that families of the deceased could get possession of those for last rites.

The case was posted for January 2.

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