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‘Secret killing’ slur on forces

Kokrajhar, Dec. 23: The “secret killing” slur on security forces stationed in Baksa has gained momentum after the recovery of the body of a youth at Dalongpar under Tamulpur police station in Baksa today. He was allegedly picked up by the army from Narayanpur bazaar last Friday.

According to residents, a team in army fatigue picked up three youths — Kundan Basumatary, Rajib Basumatary and Rajkumar Rabha — all in their early 20s and from the Narayanpur areas.

While Rajib’s body was recovered today, Rajkumar returned home this morning with multiple injuries.

The whereabouts of Kundan, who is a member of the Bodoland Progressive Front’s youth wing, is unknown.

Rajkumar, who owns a small shop in the bazaar, said after being picked up they were taken to an isolated place where Kundan was killed and his body dumped the same evening.

Later, they were taken to some place near Tamulpur and kept there blindfolded, with their hands tied.

He said the people who picked them up were army personnel and they were speaking in Hindi.

He claimed they were beaten up, tortured and constantly asked about illegal weapons.

“They were asking where the illegal arms were kept,” Rajkumar said.

He said last evening they were brutally beaten and dumped by the forces, thinking them to be dead.

However, Rajkumar survived. He said he regained consciousness in the wee hours this morning and walked all way home, adding that Rajib’s body was lying beside him when he awakened.

People alleged that it was a part of the “secret killings” carried out in the name of operations against militant organisations and demanded a proper investigation.

Baksa deputy commissioner Babul Chandra Borbora said an investigation would be conducted into the incident.

The army could not be contacted for comment.

The NDFB, too, had accused the security forces of killing two of its cadres in a fake encounter on November 19 at Takampur under Kachugaon police station in Kokrajhar district.

The outfit released a statement condemning the encounter and termed it as “a barbaric act, dirty method of murder and human rights violations perpetrated by Indian security forces”, adding that “killing of our cadres, intimidation of innocent Boro people and NDFB national workers will not be able to stop our struggle for the liberation of Bodoland”.

It also appealed to Boro national organisations to condemn and oppose such kinds of act and human rights violations by the security forces.


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