At least seven former ULFA militants have filed nominations for the first phase of the Assam elections. One of them is a Congress candidate against former chief minister Prafulla Mahanta (AGP).
Two of the SULFA members,as surrendered ULFA militants are called,are already members of the outgoing Assembly. Both sitting MLAs and some of the freshers have cases pending against them,with some even having had charges framed.
Raj Kumar Dowarah,43,Forward Bloc candidate for Amguri,and Kartik Sarma,BJP nominee for Bhabanipur,have no cases pending.
Jiten Gogoi,49,elected twice as an Independent from Bokakhat,has two major cases pending there. One relates to causing hurt and intimidation of an assistant manager of a tea estate in August 2008,the other for intimidating a DFO and causing damage to office furniture.
Kushal Dowari,45,sitting Independent MLA,is contesting from Thowra. Going by his affidavit,Dowari has six major cases pending. Three of these are TADA cases dating back to his ULFA days. Two cases are under the Wildlife Act,including one of illegally entering Kaziranga National Park with arms and damaging forest property. In four cases,Dowari,who defeated present Bihar Governor Devananda Konwar in 2006,faces charges relating to alleged murder,criminal conspiracy for committing murder and attempt to murder.
Jayanta Khaund,42,contesting from Naoboicha,has two TADA cases dating back to 1994 in which charges have been framed. These relate to terrorist acts with intent to overthrow the government,his affidavit says.
Prafulla Bora,48,better known by as Dheki or Dhekial Phukan,is contesting from Bihpuria. He has at least two TADA cases pending,with charges framed in 2003 and 2008. I have not been convicted, he has declared.
Suresh Bora,who has been fielded by the Congress in Barhampur,a constituency that has been electing Mahanta since 1991. Mahanta has refused to comment on his opponent. Congress leader Digvijaya Singh has said there was no outstanding case against Bora.