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Women protest students’ killings

Kokrajhar, Dec. 17: The All Bodo Women’s Welfare Federation today staged a four-hour sit-in in Kokrajhar to protest the killing of two school students — Jeremiya Narzary and Pranjit Narzary — in an alleged fake encounter at Raidangbari under Runikhata police station in Chirang district on December 11.

In another incident, Biswajit Basumatary, a Class XII student of Ballamguri Junior College, was shot dead at Kumarsali village under Bijni police station on December 8.

Today, hundreds of women, including those from the Federation, the women’s wing of the BPF and students shouting slogans participated in the dharna which lasted from 10am to 2pm. The BPF is a constituent of the Congress-led government

A memorandum was later submitted to chief minister Tarun Gogoi through Kokrajhar deputy commissioner Nithin Khare, demanding a high-level inquiry into the killings of innocent students in the alleged fake encounter by police and the army.

“It is very clear that the incident was a cold-blooded murder in the name of search and arrest of NDFB cadres. The boys were mere school students. We demand a high-level inquiry into the matter,” president of the Federation, Mithinga Basumatary, said.

The Federation also demanded suspension of the police officers and soldiers involved in killings of the innocent students, end of atrocities on innocent people in the name of arresting criminals and adequate compensation to the families of the victims.

The victims, Jeremiya and Pranjit who were relatives, were students of Classes X and VI respectively.

Nikodim Narzary, a Class VII student, was seriously injured in the encounter and is undergoing treatment at the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital.

The police had claimed that the victims were members of the Songbijit faction of the NDFB and were killed in an encounter.

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