Guwahati, June 10: The AGP today asked whether the state government would take any responsibility of the murder of Gadapani Pathak, the engineer who was abducted and murdered in Dhubri last month.
Talking to reporters, AGP president Prafulla Kumar Mahanta said the state government was not initiating proper action in the Pathak murder case.
“Will the state government take any responsibility of the murder of Gadapani Pathak? The state government has admitted that officials of the agriculture department were involved in the killing. Then why any legal action has not been initiated against them?” Mahanta asked.
Chief minister Tarun Gogoi yesterday said the Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO) militants were involved in the killing of Pathak. According to investigations, KLO militants were hired by officials of the state agriculture department to abduct and kill Pathak, he added.
Mahanta alleged that the “Tarun Gogoi government was associated with both secret and open killings” and “was in an inebriated condition since assuming power”.
He said the Congress had indulged in politics for 12 years on the issue of secret killing despite the fact that several secret killings, including the murder of Pathak, had taken place under the Congress rule.
Gogoi said secret killings took place in the late nineties when the AGP was in power and it was difficult to find any evidence of these killings as the then government allegedly was involved.
The AASU, however, today took a strong exception to chief minister Tarun Gogoi’s statement. The union alleged that Gogoi was actually protecting those who perpetrated secret killings by making such a statement.
Mahanta also criticised the government for being silent on the alleged atrocity of the state forest department on Assamese youths who set up tea gardens on the Assam-Nagaland border.
“When Naga people opened tea gardens on Assam-Nagaland border and the forest department had turned a blind eye to it. But when some Assamese youths set up tea gardens there the forest department has gone to evict them and Gogoi has been maintaining silence on the issue,” he said.
Mahanta also accused Gogoi of favouritism. “The state government handed over the factory of the Amlokhi tea estates in Nagaon to Amalgamated Plantations Pvt Ltd because Gogoi’s economic adviser, Ranjit Borthakur, was a main shareholder of the company,” he said.
Mahanta highlighted the AGP’s achievements during its two times in power, which included its success in making the Centre increase royalty on natural gas to Rs 314 on per metric tonnes of natural gas from Rs 61 and increasing grant from 10 per cent to 30 per cent.
The former chief minister said on June 12, the party would organise a statewide programme to protest price rise and demand to stop corruption and construction of big dams in the Northeast. He said the AGP did not support big dams in the region.