Gill’s remark on Talukdar leads to protests in Assam

Activists of AASU,AJYCP and several other groups burnt Gill’s effigies.

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati | Published: November 20, 2013 5:56:03 am

Former supercop K P S Gill revisiting the row over the death of Khargeswar Talukdar of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) — he is known as the first “martyr” of the Assam movement — has stirred a hornet’s nest.

At a press conference organized by a sports body in Tezpur last week,Gill reportedly said Talukdar did not die of police action but had drowned. Gill is believed to have claimed post-mortem examination report too said so.

After the incident in 1979,there had been similar claims with police insisting he drowned and votaries of the Assam movement saying he died in police action. One version said he was beaten to death and thrown into a ditch.

Activists of AASU,AJYCP and several other groups burnt Gill’s effigies.

“He should tender a public apology for making such an unfounded remark,” AASU president Sankar Prasad Roy and general secretary Tapan Kumar Gogoi said,while AASU adviser Samujjal Bhattacharyya said Talukdar died in police action.

The police action is said to have taken place during a blockade on national highway at Bhawanipur to prevent Congress candidate Begum Abida Ahmed,wife of the late President Fakruddin Ali Ahmed,from filing her nomination papers from Barpeta ignoring a boycott call. Reacting to Gill’s remark,Talukdar’s mother Sabitrabala Talukdar said,“Gill’s remark not only hurt me but families of 855 who laid down their lives during AASU’s movement of 1979-85.”

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