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Students move CM for CBI probe

Jorhat/Sivasagar: Students of Assam Agricultural University (AAU) have written to chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal demanding a CBI inquiry into the murder of Radha Kumari in Sivasagar district on Tuesday.

General secretary of the students' society of AAU, Sarat Sekhar Bora, said they have demanded a CBI inquiry "to find out the culprit or culprits who killed the student".

Sivasagar police have constituted a special investigation team, headed by additional superintendent of police Bolin Deuri, to trace the culprit but nobody has been arrested.

A police team, under additional director-general of police R.P. Meena visited Simaluguri on Wednesday. Several organisations staged a protest at Sivasagar railway station seeking justice for Radha, a second-year student of the College of Agriculture, AAU, who had boarded the Dibrugarh-Rangia Express at Sivasagar railway station but her body was recovered around half-an-hour later from a train toilet at Simaluguri station.

Activists of All Tai Ahom Students Union, All Assam Students' Union, Upper Assam Muslim Kalyan Pa-rishad, Brihattar Asom Yuva Mancha and several other organisations along with residents on Wednesday demanded justice for Radha, Rs 20 lakh for her family, job for a family member in the railways and security for passengers.

On the ongoing probe, Deuri said, "Another murder occurred at Mariani railway station on Wednesday. Incidents on trains are difficult to investigate as the entire security system of the railways seems to have collapsed."

He said the closed-circuit television cameras at Dibrugarh railway station did not record any footage. "Ticket-holders can travel by any train and it is difficult to track a single person. We have, however, found some CCTV footage from Tinsukia railway station," Deuri said.

He said the police will move ahead in its probe from the sketch of a person described by Radha's mother Tara Devi.

Leader of the Opposition Debabrata Saikia visited Radha's residence and offered financial assistance of Rs 15,000 to the family and assured of administrative help.

Saikia and Assam PCC spokesperson Apurba Bhattacharjee sought steps to ensure the safety of the girl child and women. "The government should take steps or else their slogan Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao will hold no meaning," Bhattacharjee said.

Sivasagar deputy commissioner Pallav Gopal Jha said Rs 5 lakh was handed over to the girl's family by two additional deputy commissioners.

A condolence meeting was held on the Jorhat campus of AAU, where vice-chancellor K.M. Bujarbaruah, students, teachers and scientists of various Krishi Vigyan Kendras were present.

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