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ULFA twist in missing teacher tale

GUWAHATI, February 25 (DNA): A woman’s marital discord and her subsequent mysterious disappearance has led to a full-blown war between the banned United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) and the state’s former police officer GM Srivastava.
Jahnavi Mahanta Rajkonwar (42), who is a teacher, writer and mother of two, has remained untraceable ever since she deserted her home in Upper Assam’s Naharkatia town on February 13. Three days later, her husband discovered a note at home written by Jahnavi in which she said she was leaving to join the ULFA after being inspired by its “new look”.
The content of the note shocked everyone including her husband, with whom she reportedly shared a strained relationship over the past few years, since Jahnavi was always critical of ULFA, penning a series of write-ups for newspapers taking potshots at the banned outfit.
Amid the mystery, Srivastava, who is now security advisor to chief minister Tarun Gogoi, claimed on Wednesday that Jahnavi had a relationship with Dr Abhijit Barman, the newly-appointed chairman of ULFA’s Paresh Baruah-led faction. “The woman has deserted her family to be with Barman. This has nothing to do with her support for the outfit or its ideology,” Srivastava said. He also claimed that Jahnavi had a relationship with the doctor ever since he was working in an Upper Assam town.
Reacting strongly to Srivastava’s statement, the ULFA on Friday accused the top official of belittling a ‘talented’ woman’s decision to join the outfit. “It was Srivastava’s propaganda to say that Jahnavi disappeared to be with ULFA’s officiating chairman… In fact, Srivastava’s emergence in Assam was like a comet. He will have to face trial someday for masterminding mass murders in Assam,” the ULFA warned in an email statement.
In the late nineties, when Srivastava was the DGP during Asom Gana Parishad’s rule in the state, Assam was rattled by ‘secret killings’ of the family members and relatives of ULFA leaders. The killings were called secret as the killers were not identified.
 “If Srivastava has managed to unravel the identity of the officiating chairman of ULFA, what is stopping him from revealing it?” the outfit asked.

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