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Protest against killing of non-Rabha teens

Dhubri, March 15: The Assam Sankhyalaghu Sangram Parishad today staged a dharna in front of the Goalpara deputy commissioner’s office to protest against the killings of non-Rabhas in the district.

Parishad president Naziruddin Ahmed said people from a particular community attacked two non-Rabha boys who were on their way to Dhuptola from Moilapathar in broad daylight last Wednesday. Azibar Ali, 15, was killed in the attack and another boy, Hazer Ali, was seriously injured.

“Before this incident, Soman Ali, 18, was killed and his body was recovered from Maladhara. So, one after another incident is taking place and the government is doing absolutely nothing to control the situation,” Ahmed said.

Owing to strong lack of will on the part of the civil administration and police, no action has been taken against those involved in these crimes, Ahmed said.

The Parishad gave the state government 48 hours to bring the culprits to book and warned of strong consequences if the district administration continued to treat criminals with kid gloves.

The Parishad demanded compensation of Rs 15 lakh for the families of those killed and Rs 5 lakh for the injured.

Ahmed said that they were neither opposed to the Rabha Hasong Autonomous Council poll nor against the council itself.

But villages where the population of Rabhas is less than 50 per cent of the total population should not be included in the council, he said.

The Parishad submitted a memorandum to governor J.B. Patnaik through Goalpara deputy commissioner Pritam Saikia.

Other minority organisations also took part in the dharna and demanded security for their lives and property.

A police source in Goalpara said three person who were allegedly involved in last Wednesday’s incident were arrested from the Uranpara-Rakhasani area of Goalpara district yesterday.

36-hour bandh: A 36-hour Goalpara bandh beginning from March 19 has been called by the Non-Rabha Co-ordination Forum in support of their demand to delete the names of non-Rabha and Garo villages from the draft of villages.

The forum will also stage a sit-in at Dispur Last Gate on March 26, a source said.