ULFA militant charged for threatening Cong MP

New Delhi: A suspected ULFA militant, arrested for allegedly threatening a Congress MP in 2008 to extort money from him to fund his banned outfit, was put on trial by a Delhi court on Monday on various terror charges.

Additional Sessions Judge Narinder Kumar put Ranjan Bikas Borgohain alias Raman Baruah on trial, by formally framing charges against him for offences under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, including those for being a member of an outfit, banned under the anti-terror law and for raising fund for it.

Ranjan had been arrested by the Special Cell of Delhi Police in 2008 for allegedly trying to extort Rs 25 lakh from Lok Sabha MP Anwar Hussain "by putting him in fear of death."

"During April, 2008, the accused being a member of United Liberation Front of Asom, raised funds for this terrorist organisation, by inviting Anwar Hussain, MP, Lok Sabha to provide money, intending that the same should be used, or having reasonable cause to suspect that the same might be used for the purpose of terrorism by the terrorist organisation," the judge said, while framing the charges.

Ranjan pleaded not guilty and claimed trial. Ranjan was nabbed in July 2008 by the Special Cell sleuths from the residence of the Congress MP who had lodged the complaint with the police after receiving the threat from him.

The alleged ULFA militant was found having the threatening letters from one Hira Sarania, a self-styled commander of ULFA's 709 battalion, seeking financial help for the group.

While searching his luggage at a hotel here, the police allegedly recovered two more letters, one addressed to a senior government minister and another against a former Samajwadi Party leader.