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SC to hear plea on ULFA mediator

The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear the son of Rebati Phukan, a peace-negotiator between the government and separatist organisation United Liberation Front of Assam, who has been missing since April 22.

A Vacation Bench of Justices L. Nageswara Rao and Mohan M. Shantanagoudar will examine the plea of Kaushik Phukan, who has filed a habeas corpus plea to know the whereabouts of his missing father.

Mr. Phukan said the local police has been at best, lethargic, in their attitude towards finding his father, and sought an investigation by the CBI or a Special Investigation Team.

Senior advocate Geeta Luthra, appearing for Mr. Phukan, mentioned the matter for immediate hearing before the Vacation Bench.

“He [Rebati] has been missing since April 22 and despite the lodging of an FIR to trace his whereabouts, no proactive steps have been taken till date ... It is suspected that he may be in the custody of the Intelligence Bureau, Research and Analysis Wing, Military Intelligence or NIA as they have a rivalry among them,” the petition said. Mr. Rebati Phukan was appointed a member of the People’s Consultative Group formed by the ULFA in 2005 to mediate between the separatist outfit and the Centre.

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