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Magisterial enquiry ordered

KOKRAJHAR:  The Chirang district magistrate, Ratul Barua has detailed its additional district magistrate and incharge Bijni sub- divisional officer (civil) , Gakul Chandra Brahma for conducting magisterial inquiry into the death of one person namely Nikhil Mandal, son of Lt. Ashwini Mandal of village No.1 Bishnupur under Panbari Police Station in Forest Custody at Panbari Forest Rance office on May 5 this year. He has been asked to conduct the enquiry as per the latest guidelines of NHRC and submit the report within thirty days. In response to this regard, the officer Brahma has appealed to all interested individuals, general public, social organisations, eye witnesses and family members of the death person to co-operate with the inquiry and help in digging out actual facts of the incidence. He further asked such persons or organisations to appear before him for hearing and submit their reports, papers and evidences related to the same incident at his office chamber in Bijni SDO (C) office at the earliest date on any working days stated a press communique.

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Revolving around a daily newspaper, its owner and an honest journalist, this lively story’s script is penned by Prodyut Kumar Deka and the dialogue is written by Jitumoni Bora himself. The film wrapped its final day of shoot on March 5. The last scene, held in the premises of Guwahati Press Club, featured popular actor Jatin Bora, cine-journalist Bidyut Kumar Bhuyan, Mrinal Das, among others.

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