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People gather at the site of the grenade blast in Guwahati, Assam on May 15 this year
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Assam: NIA files chargesheet in Guwahati grenade lobbing case

8 persons named in connection with blast that took place outside a shopping mall on busy RG Baruah Road on May 15 this year; 12, including 2 SSB jawans, were injured in the incident

Rishu Kalantri

Rishu Kalantri

One of the injured at the site of the blast on RG Baruah Road in Guwahati on May 15 this year
One of the injured at the site of the blast on RG Baruah Road in Guwahati on May 15 this year
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Tinsukia: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday filed a chargesheet naming eight persons in the grenade lobbing case before a special court in Guwahati.

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 incident took place on May 15 this year when insuregent group ULFA-I lobbed a grenade outside a busy shopping mall in Guwahati’s Zoo Road targeting security persons. Twelve persons, including two SSB jawans, were injured in the incident.

The NIA has revealed that Pappu Koch Bokoliyal lobbed the grenade on the busy RG Baruah Road in Guwahati. "In this terrorist act, he was assisted by Chinmoy Lahkar, who was riding a motorcycle, on which Bokoliyal was riding pillion when he lobbed the grenade."

"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.

Pro-talk ULFA leader Pranmoy Rajguru was arrested in connection with the Guwahati grenade blast case in May this year
Pro-talk ULFA leader Pranmoy Rajguru was arrested in connection with the Guwahati grenade blast case in May this year
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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 read.

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."