| Protesters take out a rally in Kokrajhar on Saturday against the rape and murder of two girls at Azara in Guwahati. Telegraph picture |
Kokrajhar, Oct. 26: Police had to resort to lathicharge and blank firing to disperse an unruly mob, which gathered at Bauraguri police station demanding immediate arrest of those involved in the killing of trader Debasish Saha.
Saha, 35, a grocery store owner, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen at Bhawraguri Bazar under Gossaigaon police station in Kokrajhar district last evening. He was rushed to Ranendra Narayan Basumatary civil hospital in Gossaigaon but doctors declared him dead on arrival.
No one has been arrested so far in the case.
Sources said a mob today gheraoed the Bauraguri police station shouting slogans in protest against the killing and demanding immediate arrest of the culprits.
The police had to resort to lathicharge and firing in the air to disperse them.
However, a 12-hour Kokrajhar district strike, called by the All BTC Bengali Youth Federation, passed off peacefully, with no reports of any untoward incidents. The strike affected normal life in Bauraguri and Gossaiagon but had little impact in Kokrajhar town.
In another development, the Kokrajhar district committee of the All Bodo Studentsí Union announced a three-hour strike at Pragati Bhawan from 10am on October 30 to protest the rise in killings, abductions, extortion and other illegal activities in the district. The union asked miscreants to refrain from carrying out activities, which disrupt peace and tranquillity.
The union also condemned the alleged rape and murder of two girls at Azara on October 23 and demanded stringent punishment to the accused. The union said there should not be any leniency shown towards such criminals.
Mithinga Basumatary, president of the All Bodo Women Welfare Federation , said the culprits involved in such crimes should be hanged to death. She urged the state government and the Kokrajhar district administration to take strong steps to prevent incidents such as killings, kidnappings and extortions in the district.
Brahma also demanded strong punishment to culprits involved in such incidents to curb such crimes.
She also demanded compensation to the family of the victims.
Kokrajhar deputy commissioner Nitin Khade said the administration has been taking stern action to prevent such incidents in the district.