Dhubri, Oct. 29: Supporters of Golokganj Congress legislator Abu Taher Bepari took out a protest march today near the Chagolia inter-state border checkgate in Dhubri district after a militant outfit gave an extortion letter to the MLA last week.
The Muslim Tiger Force, a lesser-known underground organisation, served the extortion letter last week while Bepari was not in his residence near Chagolia.
Debajyoti Bhattacharyya, president of Golokganj block Congress committee, who led the march, claimed that nearly 5,000 Congress members, supporters and residents took part in the protest. The protesters covered around 8km from Bhaibazar to Chagolia on NH31, demanding strong police action against extortionists and anti-social elements. “It has become absolutely impossible for our legislator and other leaders to do anything here owing to extortion threats and anti-social activities. We want immediate arrest of the persons who served the extortion letter and action against the anti-social activities in Golokganj area, so people can live in peace and the party can concentrate on development work,” Bhattacharyya said.
Bepari, who is also parliamentary secretary, told The Telegraph that young boy had come on a bike on October 21 and handed over a letter to my wife and left.
“When my wife asked his identity, he refused to say. She then insisted to see his face, which was covered by a helmet and he took it off, he added. Bepari said his wife identified him with a boy she knew but the boy said he had not come their house.
Bepari told his family members have been victims of extortion before including abduction and they were fed up with the situation.
He said he had brought the matter to the notice of chief minister Tarun Gogoi, Assam DGP Jayanta Narayan Choudhury and Dhubri deputy commissioner K.C. Kalita and superintendent of police Mridulananda Sarma and also lodged an FIR at the Chagolia police outpost.
A senior police of Dhubri district claimed the boy who gave the extortion letter would be arrested soon but he was currently absconding.