Pankaj Pratim Dutta was the vice president of the AASU’s Dergaon unit before he allegedly joined ULFA(I)

Guwahati: A student leader from Dergaon in Assam’s Golaghat district, who had gone ‘missing’ on September 5, has now apparently surfaced as an ULFA(I) rebel in a video that is being widely circulated on social media.

In the video, Pankaj Pratim Dutta explained why he had to join the banned rebel outfit. Dutta claims he was the vice-president of Dergaon regional committee of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), the apex students’ body in the state.

Identifying himself, Dutta apologises to the students’ body members for joining the rebel outfit without their knowledge. He also talks about the Assamese identity and the need to protect it by achieving complete sovereignty.

Dutta, who hails from ward number 9 in Dergaon, allegedly left home saying he would be travelling to Guwahati on September 5. However, since that day, he has not been seen so far. In fact, his family members lodged a ‘missing person’ report with the police soon thereafter.

Reacting to Dutta’s video appeal, ADGP special branch Pallab Bhattacharya said, “Pankaj has been in touch with the ULFA (I) for a long time now. The police already interrogated him quite a few times. We also counselled him.”

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