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Anup Chetia remanded in five day CBI Custody

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Guwahati: Runaway ULFA leader Anup Chetia alias Golap Baruah, extradited from Bangladesh, was on Wednesday presented before a Guwahati court, which remanded him in five-day CBI custody.

Chetia, who was lodged in a Bangladesh jail ever since his arrest in 1997, was brought to Guwahati on Wednesday morning aboard a special aircraft by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on transit remand.

He was taken straight from the airport to the CBI court amid tight security. The security personnel did not even allow waiting media persons to have a word with Chetia.

Some members of Chetia’s family – including his wife and son – and senior members of United Liberation Front of Assam’s pro-talks faction, however, managed to exchange a few words and greetings with the senior ULFA leader.

Chetia was extradited from Bangladesh to India on November 11 and brought to New Delhi. CBI officials took him in custody and were grilling him ever since.

“On November 12, the CBI arrested Chetia regarding a murder case registered in Golaghat district in 1986. CBI officials today demanded 14-day custody of Chetia. After hearing us, the magistrate remanded Chetia in five-day CBI custody,” said Chetia’s counsel Bijan Mahajan.

Mahajan said the court asked CBI officials to provide medical assistance to Chetia, apart from good food while in custody.

“The court also ordered for health check-up of Chetia after every 24 hours and submission of a report to this effect,” Mahajan said, adding the CBI was directed to allow Chetia’s counsel and family members to meet him.

Some members of the pro-talks ULFA faction – engaged in peace talks with the government of India since 2010 – later told the media that Chetia was fine.

Chetia’s wife Monika Baruah Chetia told journalists that he did not recognise her at first. “I am very happy. Finally the wait is over and I wish the government of India will ensure his release so that the talks could go ahead,” she said.

Heavy security was deployed in the court and barricades put up in the premises in order to thwart people from reaching near Chetia or raising pro-ULFA slogans, as was done when ULFA chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa was presented before a court in 2009.

Chetia was first arrested in 1991 but was released on his assurance that he would bring other ULFA leaders to the negotiating table.

However, he fled the country. He was arrested by Bangladesh police in December 1997 for entering the country on fake documents, possessing illegal foreign currency, firearms and a satellite phone.

(IANS)

 

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Uber Launches Campaign for Women and Youth in India

New Uber initiatives to empower women, youth in India

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A campaign by Uber will empower youth and women in India. Wikimedia Commons

In a bid to make daily commute safer for women in India, ride hailing giant Uber on Friday launched a new campaign for Uber Auto, which also aims to empower riders with seamless shared mobility solutions.

The company also launched an Uber Moto campaign for youth with convenient doorstep pickup to help them save time from arduous commute and use that time to up-skill themselves.

“At Uber, we’re committed to simplifying the lives of our riders by addressing their everyday challenges through multi-modal mobility solutions,” Manisha Lath Gupta-Marketing Director, Uber India and South Asia, told IANS.

“We believe that our youth have immense potential, however, lack of safe and reliable commuting options often limits their aspirations. In a small yet meaningful way, we are delighted to support the aspirations of millions of men and women to move forward,” Gupta added.

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The Uber Auto campaign in India is titled as “Badey Iradon Ki Chhoti Sawaari,”. Pixabay

Targeted primarily at women commuters, the cab hailing giant’s Auto campaign, titled “Badey Iradon Ki Chhoti Sawaari,” aims to provide women safe, reliable yet affordable travel options, thus, enabling them to fulfil their aspirations.

Instead of being dependent on friends and family for picking and dropping them, or standing on roads waiting to find a reliable mode of transport, Uber Auto allows women to step out whenever they need to.

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The company’s Moto campaign, titled “Sapno Par Hoja Sawaar” aims to inspire the young working professionals whose aspirations get dampened because they spend long hours commuting and have to change multiple modes of transport to find the most economical option.

Both the campaigns would be seen across digital, print and out-of-home advertising (OOH) platforms, said Uber. (IANS)