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Absu demands punishment for cop

Kokrajhar, May 17: The All Bodo Students Union (Absu) has demanded a judicial inquiry into the killing of two civilians in police firing at Panbari police outpost in Bijni subdivision of Chirang district last evening and punishment to the guilty policeman.

Absu president Pramod Boro said the police opened fire on civilians who had come to seek justice against the firing by the army on a village youth earlier in the day.

“The police did not resort to lathicharge or use rubber bullets to disperse the mob but directly fired upon them, killing two villagers and injuring over nine others. It is a gross violation of human rights,” he said.

The Absu president said, “Ironically there was no action, inquiry or compensation announced for the victims. That should not be the spirit of a government. We demand a judicial inquiry into the incident and punishment to the guilty officer involved in the firing.”

Sources said a mob from Hadan gheraoed the outpost in protest against the army shooting at and injuring of a village youth, Rajib Basumatary, while he was working near his house.

The police said the protesters injured a policeman and a driver and also damaged a few vehicles at the outpost, forcing them to open fire. The nine seriously injured persons were admitted to a private hospital in Bongaigaon.

Boro said, “We are saddened that intellectuals in the state, along with political parties, both national and state, joined hands with the OBoro organisations to work against the Bodo community. Isolating a community and working against a community can never be democratic.”

He said the election results have proved how insecure the Bodos are politically and that the results have nothing to do with the demand forBodoland.

“We have to accept the people’s mandate and we congratulate Naba Kumar Sarania on his victory. We hope as a people’s representative he will address the issues pertaining to the public and work for all-round development of the constituency and the region,” Boro said.