Guwahati blast: Jahnabi, Pranamoy remanded to 10-day police custody

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Paresh Baruah denies Pranamoy, Jahnabi members of ULFA, says the Panjabari seizure was a drama

HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, May 17: The arrested pro-talk ULFA leader Pranamoy Rajguru and actor Jahnabi Saikia who were arrested by the city police in connection with the grenade explosion at Zoo Road, were remanded to 10-day police custody by the chief judicial magistrate of Kamrup (Metro) on Friday.

Pranamoy and Jahnabi were charged with two separate cases registered with Satgaon police station and Geetanagar police station in the city.

The first case No 210/19 was registered at the Geetanagar police station under Sections 325, 326, 307 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) read with section 3/5 of the Arms Act, 1959. The second case No 147/19 was registered in Satgaon police station under section 121, 121(A) and 122 of IPC.

The blast which took place in front of Guwahati Central at Zoo Road here, led to injury of 12 persons, including two SSB personnel.

“Pranamoy and Jahnabi were remanded to 10-day police custody. They have been arrested in connection with two cases; one is case no 147/2019 registered at Satgaon Police Station and the other one is case no 210/2019 registered at the Geetanagar Police Station,” lawyer Bhaskar Dev Konwar told reporters here.

Before production to the court, arrested Pranamoy told reporters that he was involved with the struggle of the ULFA (I) but in no away involved with the grenade blast.

“Our fight will continue. Assam is never a part of India and we will not allow it to be part of India. My love for Assam will not be a crime forever,” he said.

A Chinese made grenade lobbed in front of Guwahati Central here around 7:45 pm on May 15 by two motorcycle borne miscreants, who immediate left the scene.

Meanwhile, the other accused, including a former ULFA rebel were arrested from Nagaon and Golaghat in connection with the blast on Thursday night.

Police detained former ULFA member Amit Ballav Goswami from Lakhibari of Merapani area in Golaghat district. Amit is stated to be a bomb expert, a senior police official said.

Another accused Indra Mohan Borah was arrested on Friday from Puranigudam Birahi village in Nagaon district on Thursday night.

Meanwhile, ULFA supremo Paresh Baruah denied that Pranamoy and Jahnavi were members of the banned outfit. “They were not members of our organisation but they support the ideology of our organisation,” Baruah told a local news channel here Friday.

Baruah said, “The explosive materials that have been recovered from Jahnabi’s house in Panjabari were not of the ULFA, It was a stage managed. It was a big drama.”

“Our target was CRPF, not even Assam Police,” Baruah said and lamented at the injuries of the commoners in the blast.

The militant leader also threatened a section of journalist for exaggerating the story of Jahnabi and Pranamoy and said the outfit will take action against them.

Referring to Zubeen Garg’s criticism, Barua questioned the patriotism of the singer and said he is not all in all of Assam.

Assam heart-throb Zubeen Garg on Thursday slammed ULFA for its involvement in the blast that rocked Guwahati on Wednesday evening.

“Due to ULFA’s violence, the cinema halls in Assam had shut down. Moreover, ULFA has stood as an obstacle for development of our state,” Zubeen added.

In an informal chat with some people at Tihu in Nalbari district, Zubeen said, “I do not support any kind of terrorism. I have a good relation with Paresh Barua. He has considered my wife Garima Saikia Garg as his sister, but I don’t care.”

Speaking about the arrest of Jahnabi, Zubeen said, “I know Jahnabi. It is very shameful that artists are involved in such kind of activities.”

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