GUWAHATI: Journalists' Forum Assam (JFA), while appreciating Assam Chief Minister (also in-charge of home portfolio) Sarbananda Sonowal for showing the initial political will on Dhubri journalist Rajib Sarma's arrest incident, bats for a high-level probe (preferably by the Central Bureau of Investigation) into the cow-smuggling racket that continues to exist in different parts of the State bordering Bangladesh.
The issue of notorious cattle smuggling menace in Dhubri in western Assam lately comes to public notice after a journalist's arrest from his residence at Gauripur at midnight that spread shock wave across the country as his ailing father Sudhin Sarma collapsed on July 16, 2020 morning finding it too difficult to bear with. Lately the district police chief and a forest officer, who alleged Rajib as an extortionist, have been transferred.
"We would like to endorse senior Supreme Court advocate Upamanyu Hazarika's proposal for a CBI probe into the matter of cattle smuggling and hope that the State government would consider it seriously," said a statement issued by JFA president Rupam Barua and secretary Nava Thakuria.
The forum also added that Rajib Sarma, who is on interim bail, should receive necessary supports from the management and colleagues of DY365 for his impending legal battles.