Silchar: A strong wave of protest seems to loom large in Barak Valley on the issue of ruthless killing of 5 innocent Bengalis at Dhola’s Kherbari area of Tinsukia district on Thursday night. Silchar district Congress committee, Citizens’ Rights Preservation Committee (CRPC), Assam, All Cachar Karimganj Hailakandi Students’ Association, Gairik Bharat and various other organizations have called for and supported 12-hour bandh on Saturday from 5 am to 5 pm. These organizations have condemned and criticized such ruthless killings. A protest demonstration was staged at 4 in the evening here on Friday.
The protest demonstration which was staged in front of the statue of Khudiram Bose was attended by a large number of people. A large procession was taken out. They vehemently criticized the ruthless and barbaric Dhola killings. A large number of people participated in the rally which moved through all the important parts of the town. North East Linguistic and Ethnic Coordination Committee (NELECC) too took the issue quite seriously and called for an emergency meeting today. The meeting was also attended by all likeminded associations.
In addition to this, associations like CRPCC, Unconditional Citizenship Demand Forum, and others have also been inviting to today’s meeting. NELECC has vehemently criticized this act of violence upon the Bengalis. All Assam Bengali Youth Federation and Rashtrabadi Joutho Mancha have already convened Assam bandh on Saturday. There are about 100 organizations and associations under Rashtrabadi Joutho Mancha. Citizens’ Rights Preservation Committee (CRPC), Assam, strongly condemned the cowardly and barbaric killing of five innocent people of Bengali community by unidentified miscreants in Kherbari area of Tinsukia district yesterday evening. Hafiz Rashid A Choudhury, chief advisor, Nripendra Chandra Saha, president, Bidhayak Das Purkayastha and Sekhar Dey, general secretaries of CRPC Assam condoled the death and expressed their heartfelt sympathy towards the bereaved families.
The leaders of Committee placed their demand to the State and Central governments to apprehend the miscreants whosoever may be and provide exemplary punishment within the frame of law at first track court at the earliest. They have also urged upon the governments to provide safety and security of the various communities of Assam, especially the Bengalis who are made scapegoats in the tug of war of nasty politics. The government should keep a strict vigil so that repetition of such hideous crimes does not take place in future.
The leaders expressed anguish that when the state is passing through a very challenging situation related to the NRC update process, the occurrence of the incident gives rise to many questions. The committee has demanded an impartial inquiry and handing over of the case to NIA that will unfurl the Pandora box and arrive at a definite conclusion. They have also demanded a package of Rs.20 lakhs and a government job to the nearest kith and kin of the deceased. The government should also bear the medical expenses of the injured persons and support the families.
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