Guwahati: A designated TADA court in the city
has acquitted United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) Chairman
Arabinda Rajkhowa and seven others in a two-decade-old murder
Rajkhowa, along with ULFA Vice Chairman Pradip Gogoi and
six other former ULFA cadres, were acquitted yesterday by the
court on the case related to murder of Sibsagar-based
businessman and political leader Bijoy M Baruah and his two
bodyguards due to lack of evidence.
The case was being heard by Special Judge Designated
Court Assam headed by Justice H Sarma.
Baruah and the two others were gunned down by suspected
ULFA militants in January 1990 at Sibsagar district in upper
Police had filed charge sheets against the eight accused
after carrying out investigations.
Besides Rajkhowa and Gogoi, the other six were former
ULFA cadre Jugal Kishore Mahanta, Kushal Deuri, Saurav Gogoi,
Binod Phukan, Chitra Dihingia and Moni Gohain.
Rajkhowa and Gogoi head the pro-talk faction of ULFA and
have entered into formal negotiations with the government.