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2 more held for murder

Tezpur, Nov 15: Police arrested two more persons today in connection with the killing of tea garden owner Adilur Rahman in Harisinga under Itakhola police station in Sonitpur district.

The arrested persons were identified as Parasuram Basumatary and Manjit Mooshahary. The duo hail from Gohpur No. 2 Jamuguri village, police sources said. Six persons had been apprehended in connection with the murder yesterday.

The inspector-general of police (law and order), S.N. Singh, today said that a section of the Ranjan Daimary faction of the National Democratic Front of Boroland, led by Sirsing Ingty and B. Boko, commanders of the outfit’s eastern command, were involved in the killing.

He said the police were working on some clues. Singh said a 10 to 12-member group headed by Ingty had entered Assam from Arunachal Pradesh recently and was planning to create disturbances.

Sources in the government had yesterday said telephone intercepts revealed that the attackers were actually eyeing the weapon of Rahman’s personal security officer, Motilal Tirkey, and were unaware that the planter was driving the car himself. Tirkey, who was also injured in the attack, is undergoing treatment at the Tezpur army hospital.

Mukut Mech, an employee of Tezalpatti tea garden, who happened to arrive at the spot, saw the group firing in the air before going away.

The United Democratic People’s Front (UDPF) vehemently condemned the killing. In a press release, the front president, Bhramon Baglary, said they were concerned over the sudden spurt in violence by the NDFB (R).

“UDPF strongly condemns all forms of violence including the killing of Adilur Rahman, as we believe no issue can be solved through violence. We also strongly condemn the administration’s failure to protect the life and property of the people,” the release said.