Kokrajhar, March 31: The All Bodo Students’ Union (Absu) and the Bodo Women’s Justice Forum today alleged a political conspiracy behind the alleged gang rape and murder of a 17-year-old schoolgirl in Chirang. The forum has also demanded a probe by CID or CBI.
The Class XI student was allegedly gang raped and killed on the banks of Makra river in Assam’s Chirang district on Saturday morning. The victim went to catch fish along with another girl of her village, Boldigami, under Amguri police station.
Her friend managed to escape and informed the villagers. “We suspect there is a political conspiracy behind the incident ahead of the elections. We demand a high-level inquiry into it,” Absu president Promode Boro told the media in Kokrajhar today.
“We suspect the killing was aimed at creating political and communal instability. It must be brought to light if the culprits had committed the crime on the instigation of others. We demand either a CID or a CBI probe into the incident,” said Anjali Daimari, president of the forum.
Police picked up 14 people, of whom the girl who had escaped identified five .
Boro urged the administration to make the findings of the post-mortem report public. The students’ union also demanded that the statements of the culprits and the motive behind the killing be made public.
The forum and Absu demanded that the culprits involved in the crime be booked and awarded capital punishment. They also demanded compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the family of the victim.
The union criticised the Tarun Gogoi-led government for its failure to maintain law and order and urged the administration to take extra measures to ensure the safety and security of the people. Boro also appealed to people to maintain peace and harmony and thwart any effort to take advantages of the situation.
The Bodo Sahitya Sabha (BSS), too, condemned the alleged gang rape and murder of an innocent schoolgirl. The BSS demanded death penalty for the culprits involved in the incident. The Sabha also sought Rs 10 lakh as compensation for the victim’s family immediately.
The incident has sparked tension, forcing the district administration to impose curfew in areas under Bijni and Amguri police stations.
Various organisations and people participating in protest programmes demanded capital punishment to the culprits involved in the crime.