Meghalaya BJP leader Bernard N Marak

A court in Meghalaya’s Tura further extended the police custody of BJP leader Bernard N Marak for six days. Marak has been booked under Immoral Trafficking Act, 1956, Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 and the Explosives Substances Act, 1908.

The court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Tura on August 17 extended the police custody of Bernard N Marak for six days. With this, the days in custody of Marak will now be 26 days.

The senior BJP leader, who is also a sitting member of the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council, was produced before the court on completion of six days police custody on August 17 in a case related to the seizure of explosives from his farmhouse at Edenbari.

A police officer said that the investigating officer has sought for eight more days of police custody to interrogate Marak in connection with the seizure of explosives.

However, the court granted only six more days of police custody.

Police seized 35 gelatine sticks, 100 detonators apart from four cross bows and 15 arrows from Marak’s farmhouse on July 29.

Bernard N Marak, a former leader of the now-disbanded militant outfit Achik Nationalist Voluntary Council (B), was arrested on July 27 by Uttar Pradesh police from Hapur district after Meghalaya police issued a nation-wide alert against him.

The senior BJP leader was on the run after police raided his farmhouse from where six minors were rescued and 73 people were arrested on July 22.

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