GUWAHATI, Dec 10 � Years after some strange happenings, a middle-aged man is seeking justice for crimes which even now appear very serious. Threatened with death, he has approached various authorities, but to no avail so far.
Finally, Uma Shankar Mishra, the person concerned approached this correspondent to share his experiences involving betrayal of national secrets, mysterious disappearances, conspiracies, and continuing threats.
Referring to papers he had submitted to the Meghalaya DGP, Mishra said that a cousin of his along with a few other people had carried out illegal activities which undermined national interests. His cousin, Markhand Mishra had confessed to selling secret documents to China which contained information about the India Army, for a sum of 70 lakh USD.
In a formal letter written to the Meghalaya DGP, Mishra mentioned that based on the documents supplied by Markhand Mishra and his group, China had tried to occupy parts of Arunachal Pradesh during 1984-85. Significantly, he pointed out that some of the other members of the group are now into real estate development, a transformation that appears amazing considering what they were doing only a few years back.
Mishra is distraught over the fact that even though he has approached various authorities over a long period, no one has taken a serious note of the issue. He became more concerned after the sudden disappearance of Markhand Mishra, after he repented and expressed his willingness to come clean.
The tale becomes murkier, according to Mishra, when he stumbles upon more details about the group. In a letter to the Chief Secretary, Meghalaya in 1999, he had referred to names of few individuals who could have been involved in the hijack of IC 814 from Kathmandu. He mentions the name of one Ibrahim Hussain, of Shillong, who was privy to some valued information, who wanted to provide details of the group.
Hussain, aged 32 was certified dead on 18.8.2000 according to a senior medical officer based in Shillong. Mishra believes foul play in the death of a person who knew a great deal about the group.
Several years after the bizarre sequence of events, Mishra now is apprehensive about his and his family�s safety. He is receiving threats to his life, and also phone calls demanding that he leave Meghalaya where he resides at present. The group that has been active in a number of nefarious activities wants him to sell his immovable assets, which include a plot of land at Khanapara, he added.