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Tinsukia killings: TMC delegation meets families of men killed by suspected militants

Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee demanded a court-monitored inquiry and called for the resignation of Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.

TMC leaders with grieving members of the family of Subal Das, one of the five farmers killed by unidentified gunmen (Express photo/Abhishek Saha)

A four-member delegation of Trinamool Congress leaders Sunday met the family members of the five men who were killed by suspected militants in Assam’s Tinsukia district. Led by Derek O’ Brien, the TMC parliamentary party leader in Rajya Sabha, the team comprises the party’s Lok Sabha MP Mamata Bala Thakur, Rajya Sabha MP Nadimul Haq and MLA Mahua Moitra, according to PTI.

“This is a humanitarian visit. This is a visit to stand with the grieving families. We hope to reach Tinsukia in about two hours and spend some time with the families,” O’Brien told reporters outside the airport

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On Friday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed anguish over the killings and said an “environment of violence” was prevailing in the country.

Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee demanded a court-monitored inquiry and called for the resignation of Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal over the incident. A TMC delegation of six MPs had gone to Silchar on August 2 to assess the situation in Assam in the wake of the publication of the complete draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) on July 30 but was stopped at the airport. They were not allowed to leave the airport and were sent back the next day.

(Inputs from PTI)