India will explore further legal options to extradite Indian-origin British citizen Dr Mukul Hazarika even as a UK court on Thursday dismissed the claim that the 75-year-old doctor is the chairman of the outlawed ULFA (I).
India’s premier counter-terrorism task force, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in a chargesheet filed at a Guwahati court in 2017 claimed that United Liberation Front of Asom – Independent (ULFA-I) chairperson Abhijit Asom is none other than Dr Hazarika.
“Investigation, on the basis of information generated from other sister agencies, has revealed that Dr Hazarika is holding a British passport and is living in Cleveland. The investigating team is making an effort to collect all the details of the accused Dr. Mukul Hazarika alias Dr. Abhijit Asom, which is his organisational name, from the UK through the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT),” the NIA claimed in the chargesheet.
Sources in the agency said all the relevant evidences, including that of Dr Hazarika delivering a speech at a Bihu function at an ULFA training camp in Myanmar in 2016 were submitted before the court to establish his identity as ULFA chairperson.
The NIA said it got the picture of Dr Hazarika celebrating Bihu in Ulfa Taga camp from the personal collection of his personal security assistant Gagan Hazarika, who was arrested in June 2017.