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Saturday , June 1 , 2013
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Lecturer ‘joins’ NDFB

Bongaigaon, May 31: A college teacher from Chirang district in the BTAD, who went missing three months ago, is “suspected” to have joined the anti-talks faction of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB).

Ranjit Basumatary, 40, was teaching history at Bengtol College since 2004.

Chirang district superintendent of police Kumar Sanjit Krishna said, “The college teacher has been missing since the past three months. We suspect that he has joined the NDFB (Songbijit) faction.”

An officer of the subsidiary intelligence bureau in lower Assam echoed Krishna: “I am 90 per cent sure that the lecturer has joined the anti-talks NDFB.”

A close colleague of the missing lecturer all but confirmed the development.

“Ranjit has completed his basic training with the outfit. Currently, he is the general secretary of the outfit. He had told me this over phone,” the colleague told The Telegraph.

Basumatary is all set to lose his job. The matter (of the teacher’s absence since March 1) was also discussed at a governing body meeting of the college on March 14, said college principal R.K. Narzary.

“Accordingly, the governing body had sent a letter to his home address asking for a valid reason for his absence, with May 30 as the deadline. Since Basumatary has not responded in person or writing till date, we will declare the post vacant in a day or two,” Narzary said.

Originally from Jonai in Dhemaji district, Basumatary had been living with his widowed mother, wife, five daughters and a nephew in a house close to the college. The family of the missing teacher has not moved police in this regard hoping that he will return soon.

“We have not informed the police yet as we believe he will be back soon,” the teacher’s nephew said.

Basumatary had graduated from Gogamukh College in Dhemaji district following which he obtained a masters degree in history from Dibrugarh University in 2002. A few years after joining Bengtol College, he became the head of the history department.

“He had a progressive outlook and always thought about the development of the institution. His absence made us feel that we have lost something,” the principal said.

Jayanta Basumatary, Chirang district president of the All Bodo Students Union, said, “If he has joined a militant group it is unfortunate, as a lecturer is supposed to develop human resources.”