Kokrajhar, Dec. 31: The ruling Bodoland Peoples Front (BPF) today demanded the arrest of Chapaguri MLA Hitesh Basumatary under the Arms Act for allegedly misusing a gun to create fear among people.
The party today held a protest meeting at Bathaopuri in Mushalpur town of in Baksa district and submitted a memorandum to the deputy commissioner, demanding the immediate arrest of the legislator.
Brahma had allegedly fired at a BPF youth wing member on December 29 evening.
The BPF had filed an FIR against the MLA, following which a case (no. 93/12) was registered under 341/392/34 of the IPC read with Section 25(I-B) and 27 of the Arms Act.
Basumatary, however, said he had fired in the air for his own security, as some youths belonging to BPF had followed him on his way back home from Mushalpur. He said he fired four rounds in the air with his licensed pistol, caught one of the youths, identified as Raju Brahma, and handed him over to police. A case (no. 94/12) was later registered under sections 341/506/34 of the IPC.
BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary today asked Bodo national organisations to “remain united” for the betterment of society.
Talking to reporters here today, Mohilary condemned the attack on Ramfalbil village council development committee chairman Ranjit Brahma late last evening. Identified gunmen had fired indiscriminately at Brahma’s residence at Kaphurgaon in Kokrajhar district.
He also urged the Peoples Joint Action Committee for Boroland Movement to withdraw its indefinite economic blockade from tomorrow, saying the New Year was an inappropriate time for blockades.