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Sulfa men kill coal trader

Dhubri, Nov. 4: One person died while two more were seriously injured when four surrendered Ulfa men opened indiscriminate fire at Koraipatty in Jogighopa of Bongaigaon district last night.

The victim has been identified as Harjit Kalita, 22, while the injured are Mofidul Islam and Khanin Kalita of Koraipatty.

The injured were shifted to Goalpara civil hospital, while a surrendered Ulfa man, who was caught by the people of Koraipatty and beaten up, was admitted to Bongaigaon civil hospital, a police source said.

Police sources in Jogighopa said Harjit Kalita, who was in the coal trade with his uncle, Suren Kalita, was returning home when the four surrendered Ulfa men on two motorcycles fired at him.

Another source in Jogighopa said as the attackers were fleeing, residents, who had come out on hearing the gunshots, chased them and managed to catch hold of one, who was later identified as Bishnu Rabha of Dudhnoi.

After the shooting, traders and residents of Jogighopa staged a three-hour road blockade on NH 31B in protest against police inaction and the lack of security for coal traders and residents.

A protester said they also demanded a compensation of Rs 10 lakh for the next kin of the victim.

, arrest of the culprits within the next 48 hours and removal of all checkgates put up by Jogighopa police that extorted money from truckers in the name of checking.

The agitators withdrew the road blockade after being assured by the additional superintendent of police, Ripul Das, and Bongaigaon civil administration officials that their demands would be fulfilled.

Bongaigaon deputy commissioner Santanu P. Gutmare said the first payment of Rs 10,000 was given to the family of the victim to perform the last rites, while the injured persons would also be given Rs 10,000 each to cover medical expenses.

“An ex-gratia payment of Rs 5 lakh will be released when all the necessary papers are submitted, but that will be done without consuming much time,” Gutmare added.

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