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Youth’s family cries foul play

Bongaigaon, Dec. 9: Family members of Biswajit Basumatary, the youth killed by security forces at Daisungjhora in Chirang district yesterday, alleged that he was killed in a fake encounter and said they would move the Assam Human Rights Commission.

Police yesterday claimed that Biswajit was part of a three-member NDFB (Songbijit) group that fired on a team of security forces following which they retaliated. While the other two fled, Biswajit succumbed to his injuries on the way to hospital.

Lakhiram Basumatary, the uncle of the victim, filed an FIR at Bijni subdivision court this morning against the police officers and security jawans alleging that his nephew had been killed in a fake encounter.

The killing has enraged residents of Kumarshali, about 4km from the encounter site, where the youth hailed from. They claimed that Biswajit was a Higher Secondary final year student of Ballamguri Junior College and had no links with any militant group.

Principal Rafwdai Basumatary said: “Biswajit was my nephew and was studying in my college as a regular student. He was the only son of his parents.”

The principal said Biswajit had to chip in with farm work in the morning before attending college as his father had a fractured leg. “At dawn yesterday, he went to his farmland to bring the plough when he was killed by the security forces,” he said. “We will approach the Assam Human Rights Commission for justice.”

Condeming the incident, Bijni legislator Kamalsingh Narzary said: “I will raise the issue in the Assembly.” He demanded compensation for the victim’s family and harsh punishment to the culprits.

The president of Chirang district unit of Absu, Jayanta Basumatary, sought a probe and demanded adequate compensation for the family of the victim.

The police, however, said based on ground reality, it was claimed that Biswajit was a militant as the security forces had some inputs that some students were also working for the Songbijit faction of the NDFB in the district.

“If he (Biswajit) was a student, why did he fire on the security forces?” asked Taburam Pegu, additional superintendent of police, Chirang district.