Assam-origin 75-year-old doctor fights extradition on terror charge from UK

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Hazarika is charged of engaging or attempting to wage war, as well as abetting the waging of war, against the Indian government.
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Guwahati: An Indian-origin doctor from Assam who is now based in northeast England appeared in court on Monday to contest extradition to India on a terror allegation as the alleged chairman of the United Liberation Front of Asom-Independent (Ulfa-I).

The Indian authorities sought Dr Mukul Hazarika (75), a general practitioner (GP) in County Durham, to stand trial for conspiring with a banned terrorist organisation in India.

The Crown Prosecution Service , appearing on behalf of the Indian government told District Judge Michael Snow at Westminster Magistrates’ Court that the conspiracy Hazarika is wanted for involves organising terrorist camps and recruiting terrorist cadres as part of his membership of a terrorist grouping.

He is charged of engaging or attempting to wage war, as well as abetting the waging of war, against the Indian government, said official.

According to sources, the court also heard that Hazarika, also reportedly known as Abhijeet Asom, allegedly made a speech to “assembled cadres” in Myanmar in 2016 to support an armed fight to form a separate sovereign state of Assam.

Hazarika’s lawyer, Ben Cooper, detailed Hazarika’s active human rights advocacy work, which included founding Assam Watch, and alleged that he was being targeted by Indian authorities as part of a wider crackdown on dissenting voices in the region.

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