Call for judicial probe into Assam ‘encounter’

The Asom Gana Parishad and BJP too have demanded a judicial inquiry into the killings.

Guwahati | Published: December 14, 2013 3:09:33 am


Two days after two minors were killed in what officials described as an “encounter” involving security forces,the All Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU) and All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) have rejected the inquiry headed by an additional chief secretary,and have instead demanded a judicial probe into the incident.

Two students – Pranjit Narzary and Jirimia Narzary were killed in an “encounter” after they along with one other,allegedly fired upon a joint team of Assam Police and army in Raidwongbari village,Chirang district in western Assam on Wednesday night. The authorities also claimed to have recovered an AK-series weapon from them.

The AASU termed the incident as a “gross violation of child rights” committed by the security forces and demanded a judicial inquiry. “So long,people were not sure whether they would return home alive or not. Now two students have been shot down when they were asleep in their home,” said AASU advisor Samujjal Bhattacharyya.

Pranjit Narzary was a Class VI student of Salbari Middle English School and Jirimia Narzary was a Class X student of Daimwlu High School,both under Runikhata police station in Chirang district.

The Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and BJP too have demanded a judicial inquiry into the killings. Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi however said the present inquiry would definitely yield the truth.

ABSU president Pramod Boro said the people were already harassed and living under fear of extortion,abduction and killings by militant groups.

“Now security forces have started targeting schoolboys in the name of tackling militants. It was only on December 8 that a Class X student was killed near Bijni in the same district. How can you expect a government official to conduct a fair probe when the army and police are involved? Only a judicial inquiry by a sitting judge can find the truth,” said Boro.

Meanwhile,police in the strife-torn Chirang district on Thursday found the decomposed bodies of two SSB personnel in a jungle close to the Bhutan border.

SSB personnel Nakul Chandra Medhi and Anil Yadav were abducted by suspected NDFB (S) militants on December 6.

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