By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, March 26: As many as 17 jourlists were killed in Assam since 2001 leading to the registration of as many cases, but without disposing a single one. The new dispensation at Dispur has, however, paid ex gratia to the families of the deceased jourlists.
Replying to a question from Congress MLA Durga Bhumij, State Parliamentary Affairs Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary has informed the Assembly that as many as 17 jourlists were killed in the State since 2001 leading to the registration of as many cases. “While charge-sheets have been issued in six of the 17 cases, the fil reports have been submitted in eight cases. While one of the 17 cases is being investigated, one case has been handed over to the CBI and in another case the status report is being collected,” Patowary said.
The minister further said: “Each of the families of the 17 slain jourlists has been paid ex gratia at the rate of Rs 5 lakh recently.”
The slain jourlists are Anil Mazumdar, Hemanta Sarma, Hari Charan Boro, Ranbir Roy, Jagjit Saikia, Bodosa rzary, Krish Chetri, Jogendra Daimary, Raihanu Niyal, Dineshwar Brahma, Kakraj Medhi, Prakash Hazarika, Prahlad Goala, Bimala Prasad Talukdar, Muslemuddin Ahmed, Indra Mohan Hakasam (Rabha) and Kaushik Bora.