Mangaldoi teen arrested for pro-Ulfa posts on social media

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A 17-year-old teenage boy from Mangaldoi in Darrang district was arrested by police for posting slogans in favor of banned militant outfit United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) on social media on Sunday.

A resident of No. 2 Bamunpara area, the teenager had allegedly made several posts on Facebook lauding ULFA following an Assam Police official, Bhaskar Kalita, was killed in a gunbattle with ULFA (I) cadres in Bordumsa on Friday.

Darrang district SP Sreejith T said, “It came to the notice of our social media monitoring team that the accused had posted slogans like ‘Jai Ulfa’ and ‘Ulfa Zindabad’, besides using offensive words against Assam Police. He was tracked and arrested immediately,”

“An air pistol and two pellets were also found in his possession. Though they were toys, he had modified the pellets to weapons by stuffing gun powder in the rear end. He was found to be using them to threaten others,” the SP said.

Mangaldoi Police have charged him with waging a war against the government, publishing or transmitting obscene material in electronic form and possession of firearms or imitation firearms. He was produced before the Juvenile Justice Board on Monday, which sent him to a boys’ home at Boko in Kamrup district.

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