Dhubri, May 8: Nearly 3,000 students from schools and colleges, led by leading citizens of the town, took out a procession today against the killing of a local girl and demanded exemplary punishment for the murderer.
Raj Mahato, a resident of the town, had stabbed Pallabi Dev, a first year BCom student of Dhubri Bholanath College and a resident of Mission Road, with a knife last week. She died at the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital two days later.
Pallabi’s father, Prasanta Kumar Dev, had distributed leaflets yesterday, appealing to students and residents here to join the protest procession.
While demanding punishment for the killer, Dev said some people who were allegedly involved in the killing were still at large and should be immediately arrested. “I have lost my daughter who was a brilliant student but I do not want such incidents to recur. I, therefore, demand exemplary punishment for the killers so that no one can dare to commit such crimes again.”
The procession began from Vivekananda Bidyapith on Mission Road and passed through the main thoroughfares before reaching the office of the Dhubri deputy commissioner.
The protesters submitted a memorandum to the deputy commissioner, demanding immediate action against the criminals. They also demanded exemplary punishment to Mahato.
A former student leader, Shyamal Sanyal, demanded a “fast-track court trial” as was done in the Delhi gang-rape case. “A local girl was brutally killed in broad daylight. If the case is tried in the usual court, we feel not only will justice be delayed, but denied too.” he added.
Dhubri superintendent of police Mridulananda Sarma told this correspondent that the police would hold a meet with parents/guardians soon.
“Parents and guardians are free to share any information related to their children with the police. We are quite competent to deal with such problems but in many cases, parents do not inform the police about intimidation and threats, which sometimes leads to untoward incidents,” he added.
Sarma said the police were there to help people in trouble. So if parents face any trouble, they should immediately inform the police and seek help.