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Magisterial inquiry into youth’s death

- Baksa administration relents after protests

Kokrajhar, Dec. 25: The Baksa administration today ordered a magisterial inquiry into the alleged “secret killings” following widespread protests in the district.

It will probe the circumstances leading to the abduction of three youths on Friday and the killing of one. While one had returned, the body of another is yet to be recovered.

Baksa deputy commissioner Babul Chandra Borbarua said additional district magistrate Ganglary Michael has been entrusted with the task of carrying out the inquiry into the incident. He said the report would be submitted in 15 days.

Sources in Dispur said the order of the magisterial probe came after chief minister Tarun Gogoi’s directive. “The report is expected soon,” a source said.

The sources said the army had denied its involvement after an internal inquiry.

Defence public relations officer Lt Col S.S. Phogat in a statement yesterday denied the involvement of the army in the incident and said it was not conducting any operation in Narayanpur at that time.

“Let us see what comes out of the magisterial inquiry,” the source added.

The “secret killing” slur on the army stationed at Mushalpur in Baksa came after the recovery of the body of a youth, Rajib Basumatary, at Dalongpar under Tamulpur police station on Sunday.

He was allegedly picked up by armymen from Narayanpur Bazaar on Friday along with two other youths — Kundan Daimary and Rajkumar Rabha.

While Rajkumar returned home with multiple injuries, the whereabouts of Kundan, who is a member of the Bodoland Peoples’ Front (BPF)’s youth wing, is unknown.

Rajkumar said Kundan was shot and his body dumped at an isolated place.

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

The people alleged that it was a part of “secret killings” carried out in the name of operations against militants.

The ruling BPF yesterday organised a march demanding a halt to killing people and justice.

The protesters demanded the body of Kundan Daimary be found and punishment for the army officials involved in the crime and justice to the family members of the victim.

The BPF also demanded removal of the army from the area and compensation of Rs 50 lakh each to the family members of the two youths.