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Constable kin plea: Find him

Kokrajhar/Bongaigaon, July 16: Family members of police constable Bithorai Brahma, who went missing on Monday evening, have asked for swift action by the administration to trace him.

Brahma was posted at Labdanguri police outpost in Assam’s Baksa district.

Salbari subdivisional police officer (SDPO) Rupam Phukan confirmed the news saying, “he went missing from the police post,” but declined to provide further details.

The family members, however, said nobody from the department came to inform them that the constable had gone missing and they came to know of it only through the media.

Brahma joined Assam Police in 1996 as a constable. He has four daughters. The eldest cleared her Class X exam this year.

The All Assam Minority Students’ Union (AAMSU) activists today burnt effigies of chief minister Tarun Gogoi and director-general of police Khagen Sarma to protest against alleged failure of the government and police in containing recurring violence in the BTAD.

The protest was staged on a day when Dispur constituted a one-man commission of inquiry to probe the causes and circumstances leading to the violence in Baksa and Kokrajhar districts in May in which 46 people were killed.

The commission of Justice (retd) Mutum B.K. Singh will submit its report within the next six months.

Four lemon traders, who were part of a seven-member group from Bogoriguri in Barpeta district, had gone to the area on a business trip when they were taken away on Friday. Their bodies were found later.

The students’ union also staged a blockade on the main road of Bogoriguri today — from 9am till evening — to block forest minister Rakibul Hussain, who was supposed to visit Bogoriguri to take stock of the current situation.

A 10-member team of the All BTAD Minority Students’ Union (ABMSU) also visited Bogoriguri today around 3pm under the leadership of its president Sahabuddin Ali Ahmed.

He said villagers in Bogoriguri were fearing sudden attacks by militants any time as security deployment was almost nil there.

Ahmed said if the government failed to control the situation in the BTAD by July 22, ABMSU would intensify its agitation against it first by blocking transportation of fuel from Bongaigaon Refinery which is located at Dhaligaon in Chirang district.

The ABMSU also demanded rehabilitation of 2,574 families, belonging to a minority community, who were displaced during the BTAD riots in 2012, before the BTC election failing which the union would boycott the elections, Ahmed said.

An official statement in Guwahati said the commission, apart from ascertaining the causes leading to the violence, will also assess response of the administration in containing the situation and in providing relief to those affected.

It will determine whether there was any political conspiracy and will identify the individuals or groups or organisations responsible for the violence, an official statement said today.

Justice Singh is also probing the 2012 riots in the BTAD in which 114 people died and about four lakh displaced.

The commission had recently started its hearing and questioned about 40 individuals and representatives of different organisations.

The commission will also give recommendations for ensuring long-term peace and ethnic harmony in the BTAD among all communities.

The state cabinet today decided that firm steps should be taken to deal with the prevailing law and order situation and to prevent recurrence of violence in BTAD. It decided to make ex-gratia payment of Rs. 3 lakh to the next of kin of the persons from Assam killed outside the State pursuant to the ethnic violence which occurred in BTAD and other neighbouring areas in 2012.


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