Chargesheet names Jahnabee Saikia among 8

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Guwahati grenade lobbing case: NIA files chargesheet

HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, Nov 11: National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday filed chargesheet naming eight persons in the court of the special judge here in connection with the Zoo road grenade blast case in which 12 persons, including two SSB jawans were injured on May 15, last.

The blast took place on May 15 when ULFA-I militants lobbed a grenade outside a busy shopping mall in Zoo Road targeting security persons.

The chargesheet has named Pappu Koch Bokoliyal @ Bijoy Asom @ Anvi @ Rajini (32), Jahnabee Saikia (49), Pranamoy @ Pranmay Rajguru (57), Chinmoy Lahkar (25), Indra Mohan Bora (25), Amrit Ballav Goswami (41), Sankib Talukdar (26) and Prakash Rajkonwar (63).

The NIA has revealed that Pappu Koch Bokoliyal lobbed the grenade in front of a shopping mall. “In this act, he was assisted by Chinmoy Lahkar, who was riding a motorcycle, on which Bokoliyal was riding pillion when he lobbed the grenade,” an NIA release here said.

“The investigation revealed that Jahnabee Saikia had provided transportation and shelter to the main accused Bokoliyal and was also actively involved in unlawful activities. She also involved in the conspiracy to commit terrorist acts and had also concealed arms, ammunition and explosive substances in her rented house,” the NIA press release said, adding, “Pranmay Rajguru and Sankib Talukdar were involved in conspiracy, unlawful activities and in providing help and support to Bokoliyal in committing the terrorist act.”

Pranmay was also in joint possession of arms, ammunition and explosive substances along with Bokoliyal and Saikia.

According to the release, Indra Mohan Bora provided shelter and support to Bokoliyal and was also closely associated with ULFA-I, providing support to the banned outfit in committing terrorist acts and other unlawful activities.

“The other two — Amrit Ballav Goswami and Prakash Rajkonwar — were involved in the conspiracy of ULFA-I to create an independent country of Assam. They were directly associated with ULFA-I providing support to them for committing terrorist acts and other unlawful activities,” the release said.

As per NIA, the chargesheet was filed under Sections 120B, 121, 121A, 122, 307 & 326 of the IPC, Sections 25 (1B) & 35 of the Arms Act, Sections 3 & 5 of the Explosive Substances Act and Sections 13, 16, 18, 19, 20, 23, 38 & 39 of the UAPA.

“Accused persons have been charged for conspiracy and indulging in terrorist acts and unlawful activities, waging war against India, conspiracy to wage war against India, illegal possession of arms and ammunition, illegal possession and use of explosive substances, harbouring of ULFA (I) terrorist, providing support to ULFA (I) terrorists and associating with ULFA (I) terrorist,” sources in NIA said, adding: “Further investigation against other accused persons continues.”

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