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2 get life term in 1982 case

Silchar, June 21: Gauhati High Court has awarded life imprisonment for 20 years each to a retired principal and a former sub-inspector of police for their role in police firing on a group of agitating students on the school campus that killed two students on November 18, 1982.

The incident occurred when students of the school of the higher secondary school at Ramkrishnanagar in south Assamís Karimganj district, staged a protest against the principal, who called the police and accused the students of vandalising school property.

A division bench of the court, comprising Justice D.P. Kakati and Justice P.K. Saikia, passed the judgment against former school principal Manabendra Choudhury and former sub-inspector Mahibulla Sheikh. The division bench had announced the operative part of this verdict yesterday but the lawyers of the victims in Ramkrishnanagar received the related documents today.

The high court asked Choudhury and Sheikh to pay a fine of Rs 5,000 each. The state government has been asked to pay Rs 2 lakh to the next of the kin of those killed in the firing.

While the former principal has been convicted and then sentenced under Section 302 IPC and Section 109 for arranging the circumstances ending with the murder, the former sub-inspector of police of police was found guilty of murder.


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