Tangla: The anti-CAA protest in Guwahati, where many innocent civilians lost their lives in police firing, also claimed the life of Ishwar Nayak (22) an Adivasi youth hailing from 7 no. Line of Majuli Tea Estate along the Indo-Bhutan border in the Udalguri district.
According to reports, the victim was pursuing a Hotel Management course at a private institute in the State capital when he voluntarily joined the protest movement where he was injured in police firing and succumbed to his injuries on Saturday night while undergoing treatment at GMCH.
President of All Adivasi Students’ Association of Assam (AASAA), Pradeep Nag blamed the government and hold them responsible for the death of the youth.
He said, “Had the government respected the sentiments of the greater Assamese society, such deaths could have been averted.”
He further said, “The Centre should have implemented Clause 6 for the protection of rights of indigenous people first and then implement the Citizenship (Amendment) Act which would have not resulted in such outcry.”
He also demanded that the youth must be recognized as a martyr and the government grant ex-gratia compensation of 20 lacs to the kin of the bereaved.
Mangaldai branch Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha (ACMS) secretary Santiuse Kujur condoling the death of the youth also exhorted the government to grant ex-gratia to the family members.
The Tangla chapter of AASU also paid floral tributes to the body of the victim youth on Sunday evening where AASU assistant general secretary Jayanta Kumar Bhattacharya was present.