GUWAHATI, April 27 � Hours after SULFA man Sailen Dutta Konwar was remanded to seven days police custody, Assam Police today said that it was also probing link of a section of pro-talk ULFA members with the Tuesday firing incident, hinting that the firing could be the fallout of them making desperate attempt to enter coal dealings in the BG Yard.
Police sources went on to claim that some of the senior pro-talk ULFA members had claimed stake in the lucrative coal dealings in the BG Yard, which ignited the business revolt between Konwar and his one-time business partner Mayur Talukdar.
SULFA man Konwar resorted to indiscriminate firing on Tuesday afternoon at the house of Mayur Talukdar in Geetanagar area and was later arrested by the police.
Konwar has been booked under Sec 307, 506, 427 of the IPC read with Sec 25 and Sec 27 of the Arms Act.
Police is, however, yet to locate the weapon used for firing. The two other accomplices of Konwar are also on the run, police added.
A senior police official told The Assam Tribune that the pro-talk ULFA leaders have started taking interest in the coal dealings since the last couple of months following which a series of FIRs and counter FIRs were lodged with the police by Talukdar and Konwar.
Senior Superintendent of Police (City) Deepak Choudhury had earlier confirmed clashes between two groups over coal dealings in the BG Yard, though he refrained from naming anyone.
"We have not received anything specific indicating involvement of pro-talk ULFA members behind the incident as of yet, though investigation is on," the SSP said.
Meanwhile, in an e-mail issued to a section of media, ULFA chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa has termed the allegations as baseless.