Kokra­jhar Tense Af­ter Stu­dent Leader’s Killing

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Guwa­hati: Protest con­tin­ued in sev­eral ar­eas of As­sam fol­low­ing the killing of All Bodoland Mi­nor­ity Stu­dents’ Union (ABMSU) leader Lafikul Is­lam by uniden­ti­fied gun­men.

Is­lam was killed on Tues­day by two mo­tor­cy­cle-borne youth. As­sam Direc­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice Mukesh Sa­hay took stock of the law and or­der sit­u­a­tion in Kokra­jhar. Two per­sons have been ar­rested in this con­nec­tion. Sa­hay said a Special In­ves­ti­ga­tion Team (SIT) has­been formed to probe the killing.

“It is too early to pin­point at any­one as of now. There could be in­volve­ment of mil­i­tants or there could be some other an­gle. We are working­o­nallthean­glesto­tracethecul­prits,” DGP added.

Sa­hay said Is­lam was given three per­sonal se­cu­rity of­fi­cers by tAs­sam po­lice. How­ever, on Tues­day he was mov­ing with­out PSO. “Ad­di­tional forces are de­ployed in the dis­trict,” he said. DGP ad­mit­ted there are il­le­gal arms in Bodoland Ter­ri­to­rial Ar­eas Dis­tricts (BTAD) re­gion. “Po­lice, how­ever, launched oper­a­tion con­tin­u­ously against the il­le­gal arms and lots of il­le­gal arms have al­ready been seized.” Sup­port­ers of ABMSU and All Mi­nor­ity Stu­dents’ Union (AMSU) have protested the killing of Is­lam and de­manded CBI in­quiry. The­p­rotesters burnt tyres and blocked roads as mark of protests. Chief min­is­ter Sar­bananda Sonowal had also rushed two of his min­is­ters—for­est min­is­ter Pramila Rani Brahma and ex­cise min­is­ter Pari­mal Shuk­labaidya to Kokra­jhar to take stock of the sit­u­a­tion.

Kokra­jhar Lok Sabha MP, Naba Ku­marSara­nia said that there­could­beaw­ideran­gle­tothe­w­holekillingand this­does not seem to be hand­i­work of il­le­gal cat­tle syn­di­cate as sus­pected by cer­tain sec­tions. “There is pres­ence of large num­ber of il­le­gal arms in BTAD.”

Is­lam was vo­cal against the il­le­gal cat­tle trade. BTAD is a com­mu­nally-sen­si­tive area.

DGP Sa­hay says a Special In­ves­ti­ga­tion Team has been formed to probe the killing of ABMSUleader Lafikul Is­lam

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