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Kokrajhar curfew relaxed till 4pm

Kokrajhar, Nov. 19: Residents here breathed easy today after curfew was relaxed for almost the entire day, being re-imposed from 4pm as the district administration was not willing to take chances after sundown.

On the other hand, the court of the chief judicial magistrate here today ordered a probe into the allegation levelled by arrested BTC executive member Mono Kumar Brahma’s wife, Renuprabha, that the police had planted the AK-47s and ammunition recovered from their residence.

Brahma’s wife had submitted a complaint in the court today alleging that a police team, led by additional superintendent of police Surjeet Singh Panesar, had conducted a search at their residence around 4.45am on Saturday and planted the weapons in order to falsely implicate her husband.

The police had arrested Brahma following recovery of two AK-47 rifles and ammunition from his house at Tengapara here on Saturday.

According to Renuprabha, Panesar asked for the keys of an almirah and when she went to another room to bring the keys, he put the weapons under the bed and arrested her husband for possessing the “illegal” weapons.

The court directed the Kokrajhar police station officer-in-charge to register a case under Sections 388 and 389 of IPC and Section 25 (1A) of the Arms Act and investigate the matter.

Today’s curfew relaxation came as a great relief to students whose final exams began today. It also eased the tension of college students appearing for their degree third semester examination that begins tomorrow.

“We hope the situation stays normal and there is no more curfew from tomorrow,” said an apparently relieved Kokrajhar Government College student.

Curfew was relaxed yesterday, too, initially for four hours and then by another two hours, which allowed the people to replenish their larders. Today, the town wore a more pre-curfew look with traffic back on the roads and business establishments and educational institutions functioning normally.

Assam revenue minister Pritibhi Majhi, who is also chairman of the group of ministers and social welfare minister Akon Bora visited Kokrajhar today to take stock of the situation. The two ministers held a meeting with top district administration and police officials on the law and order situation and the rehabilitation process at the circuit house here.

Talking to reporters, Majhi said the state government was clear in its stand on the rehabilitation of only genuine Indian citizens with March 25, 1971, as the cut-off date.

In another development, the Bodoland Peoples Front (BPF) today accused parliamentary secretary (home) Bhupen Bora of being behind the conspiracy to arrest the party’s leaders.

BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary told reporters on the sidelines of a public meeting at Barama in Baksa district today that the arrest of Brahma was carried out on the instruction of Bora. He said the Kokrajhar deputy commissioner and senior police officials should be transferred for being involved in the “fake” arrest.

On the other hand, the AASU today blamed the government for the fresh violence in BTAD, saying it could have been prevented had those without land pattas been kept in detention camps till they proved their citizenship.


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