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Lead in Howly kidnap case

Saibal Das, Howly: Sensation prevails in Howly after miscreants kidnapped a school boy on Sunday. Identified as Azizul Hoque, the son of a local businessman was forcibly taken at a vehicle from his house.

According to a woman who witnessed the incident, four miscreants who came at a Maruti Swift Desire number AS 01 AM 7059, stopped in front of the boy and lifted him forcibly.

Police later intercepted the vehicle at Manikpur with driver named Rafikul Islam of Gohorchock in Barpeta.

He confessed before police that the miscreants hired his vehicle in Guwahati and that he had dropped the miscreants along with the school boy at Balagur in Kalgachia. Investigation is going on.

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Presidential concern over BTAD violence

15 Aug 2012 - 2:59am | editor

President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday expressed grave concerns over the escalating tensions between two ethnic groups in BTAD areas and Dhubri. In his presidential address to the nation on the eve of the Independence Day, Mukherjee said, "old fires that threaten the stability of the nation have not been fully doused the ash continues to smoulder. According to Mukherjee, minorities need solace, understanding and protection from aggression. Violence is not an option violence is an invitation to greater violence. He further said that peace was required for a new economic surge in the region that can quell the competitive causes of violence.

Secret killings still a secret

16 Nov 2007 - 3:22am | Rituparna Goswami Pande

Now I know you now I don’t that’s the secret game going on between the former chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta and his estranged party members. After splits, expulsion, reunions, agreements disagreements the former AGP chief is once again surrounded in controversy as his reputation is once again tarnished by the indictment in the “secret killings” case.

Constituted in 2005 the justice (Retd) KN Saikia Commission of Inquiry on Secret Killings carried out between the year 1998 and 2001 after studying 35 cases of the nature of secret killing in four phases, in its report held Mahanta the then chief minister as well as in charge of the home department responsible for the cases. The panel also indicted independent legislator Kushal Deori in one case of mass murder which was the murder of suspected Ulfa conduit Uma Gogoi’s family.

In his report justice Saikia allegedly reported that the killings were the outcome of a nexus between the police and the surrendered Ulfa members collectively referred as Sulfa.

However, the findings of the preceding inquiry arrived upon by the JN Sarma Commission was rejected by the Congress government in August 2005 and was never aired in public.

The JN Sarma Commission had given a clean chit to Mahanta as well s to the police. However, it did point to a conspiracy and cited revenge as the motive for the killings. Most of the victims were either family members or people close to the Ulfa militants.

It was only after the High Court‘s intervention after a petition filed by Mahanta that the Sarma Commission reports and the Saikia Commision reports were presented in the Assembly.

Now the AGP has rallied around its former chief in his hour of need. The AGP leaders sprang to Mahanta’s defence as soon as the reports were tabled by the Tarun Gogoi government. Allegations and counter allegations later the arguments by both houses of the assembly hang in balance as none was ready to hear the other.

One Commission’s finding found Mahanta guilty while the other gave him a clean chit which once again leaves question wide open regarding the architect of the secret killings. Probably another commission would be set up to investigate the authenticity of the two commissions and so forth. Therefore till the tug of war continues the public needs to sit back and grope in the dark for an answer to the secret behind secret killings.

Protest against Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016

16 Nov 2018 - 9:47pm | Akshaya Pranab Kalita

Namrup: Thousands of people thronged Namrup against the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 in a protest rally organised by the All Assam Student Unionalong with with 28 other organisations which started from Namrup-Sonari  tiniali.

"We totally regret that our Chief Minister and the Prime Minister are playing games with our motherland. It pains to see how the Chief minister keeping  himself mum who once pledge to detect and deport the outsiders" thus reacts All Dibrugarh District Student Union Assistant General Secretary Abani Kumar Gogoi.

Brihotor Asomiya Mahila Mansa, Fertiliser Swarmik Union, State Power Workers Union, BVFCL Daily Bazaar committee, AGP Yuba Parishad, AGP Mahila Parishad, Namrup Lekhika Samaruh etc joined the torch rally.