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Curfew relaxed for five hours in Baksa

- Absu team meets student leaderís kin

Kokrajhar, July 25: Curfew was relaxed for five hours in the areas under Mushalpur police station in Baksa district today though the situation remained tensed even two days after the murder of a student leader on Wednesday evening.

The indefinite curfew, clamped in Baksa after the murder, has affected life in several parts of the district.

Baksa deputy commissioner Vinod Seshan said the curfew had been lifted in some parts of the district like Tamulpur and Salbari subdivisions but was still in force in Mushalpur, the district headquarters.

However, it was relaxed from 11am to 4pm today in the areas under Mushalpur police station.

Many people, including patients, were facing a tough time because of the curfew.

Monoj Das, 35, former general secretary of the Baksa district unit of All Assam Studentsí Union (AASU), was shot dead by motorcycle-borne gunmen at Mushalpur Chawk under Mushalpur police station in Baksa under the Bodoland Territorial Areas District (BTAD) at 7.30pm.

Das was also an executive member of Asom Sena, a member of Sanmilito Jonogosthiyo Oikyo Moncho and was associated with Oboro Suraksha Samiti.

The police said Das was coming from his house at Belguri Pwthar, a distance of 3km, on a bike when gunmen shot at him near a bridge at Mushalpur Chawk. He was taken to Nalbari hospital where he was declared brought dead. The assailants managed to escape in the darkness, as there was no power at that time.

The Sanmilito Jonogosthiyo Oikyo Moncho alleged involvement of former militants of the erstwhile Bodo Liberation Tigers (BLT) in the murder and demanded immediate arrests of the culprits.

Five persons have been picked up for interrogation so far.

Police, army and CRPF jawans have been deployed in large numbers to maintain peace in the district after the killing.

Senior police officials, including IGP (law and order) S.N. Singh, are campaigning in the district to supervise the situation.

Today, an All Bodo Studentsí Union team, led by its president Pramod Boro, visited Dasís home at Belguri Pwthar and met his family members.

Condemning the incident, Boro demanded immediate arrest of the culprits and seizure of all illegal arms. He criticised the government and its machineries for failing to safeguard the lives and property of the people in the BTAD.

The student union leaders also met senior official of the district administration.