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A doctor from Assam is facing extradition to India for alleged ties to a separatist organization. On Monday, 16th May he appeared in a London court to contest his extradition.

Mukul Hazarika, 75, is a County Durham general practitioner. Indian police are looking for him because he is the purported leader of the United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent), also known as ULFA (I). 

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Moreover, the Indian government outlawed the United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent) in 1990.

The Indian government’s Crown Prosecution Service told District Judge Michael Snow at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Monday that Hazarika is wanted for his alleged role in member recruiting.

According to sources, Crown Prosecution Service Barrister Ben Lloyd said, “In essence, he is charged with waging or attempting to wage war, or abetting the waging of war, against the government of India, which is a terrorist offense.”

The doctor’s real name, and was a chairperson of ULFA(I)

The court was informed that Hazarika’s real name is Abhijeet Asom and that he gave a speech in Myanmar in 2016 to “promote an armed fight” for Assam’s “independence.” According to sources, he gave the address as the chairperson of the ULFA(I).

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Moreover, an affidavit from an investigating officer attesting to Hazarika’s involvement was filed by Lloyd.

All of the charges, however, were refuted by the doctor. Ben Cooper, his counsel, argued that the case against Hazarika lacked substance and that the contents of the allegedly incriminating remarks in Myanmar were unavailable.

Hazarika’s claimed role as a “self-styled” chairwoman is also unclear, according to Cooper. According to the attorney, the doctor is being pursued by the Indian government because he is a dissenting voice in the North East.

Hazarika’s claimed role as a “self-styled” chairwoman is also unclear, according to Cooper. According to the attorney, the doctor is being pursued by the Indian government because he is a dissenting voice in the North East.

The National Investigation Agency is participating in the case at the request of the Indian government, according to the defense lawyer. Cooper also mentioned that his client might face a life sentence without the possibility of parole, as well as the harsh prison circumstances Hazarika would face if extradited.

Hazarika is currently on an electronic tag curfew and released on bail. Last July, he arrested sources. According to sources, he is in London for the extradition hearing, which will continue next week.

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