Guwahati : Assam police confirms the death of Phul Chand Ram alongwith two militants at a cross fire between ULFA and police that rocked Changsari near Guwahati on the wee hours of Thursday much to embarrassment of the Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi who assured the family of needful action to crack the impasse.
Senior police officials say the kidnapped FCI official died following a heavy exchange of firing between ULFA militants and a police team led by western range deputy inspector general of police G P Singh which had to take support of Army while the raid was conducted at the house of Govind Deka of Changsari in Kamrup district.
They say acting on secret information that a group of ULFA activists are halting at Mr Deka’s residence with the kidnapped FCI executive director PC Ram, the team arrived in the sport and asked the people inside the house to surrender.But firing started from inside the house of Mr Deka forcing the police to retaliate immediately. After the end of nearly four hour long heavy exchange of firing, the police recovered riddled bodies of two ULFA activists with another body of a person of 54/ 55 age. His physical appearance of the body resembles with that of Dr Ram.
After receiving reports of the incident, Dr Ram’s family members are arriving in Guwahati to identify the body while the top ranked FCI officials posted in the north eastern region are also visiting for observation. The bodies of the two ULFA leaders are being kept at the GuwahatiMedicalCollegeHospital for an autopsy.
An angry Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Wednesday evening snubbed the top ranked police officials for the uncertainty while he was talking to them at this official residence at the Koinadhara hill after arriving in the city from New Delhi.
Dr Ram was kidnapped in the Ulubari area of Guwahati on April 17. A body believed to be his was subsequently dug out of a field in Baksa district and even identified by his son Prabin Gautam.
Shortly after the body was cremated in New Delhi on July 2, the ULFA told the media that Ram, FCI`s senior-most official in the northeast, was still alive.
This prompted security forces to launch fresh operations. A man claiming to be Ram also called his family in Ghaziabad to say that he was alive.
Dr Ram had been kidnapped by suspected ULFA militants in the second week of April and the militant outfit had demanded the release of two of its activists for his release.
Earlier Ram had been declared dead after Assam Police recovered a body and his son had identified it as that of his father. The body was accordingly taken to Ghaziabad and cremated.
But last week, Ram's family had surprised everybody by claiming that the senior FCI official was alive and that Ram spoke to his wife on Friday evening.
She claimed that Ram had said the ULFA wanted two of its arrested leaders freed in exchange for his release. Ram's son Prabin too claimed in New Delhi that his father had spoken to him. A DNA test was carried out subsequently in Hyderabad to ascertain the identity of the body brought from Guwahati, police said. The results of the forensic study have not been revealed yet
Caught in a grim controversy BJP has tendered apology for the immigrant tag for the north easterners in the poll manifesto. Party leader Ravi Shankar Prasad tendered apology before the north easterners on Wednesday a day after the two words touched off a seismic wave of anger and protest across the region.
Notably, in its assembly poll manifesto, BJP called the north easterners immigrants who need to be protected in the national capital forcing the various political parties and organizations to erupt in anger and protest. All these parties and organizations demanded prime minister Narendra Modi and BJP to tender unconditional apology which forced the people to feel let down.
A division bench of the Assam Human Rights Commission issued notice to the Chief Secretary, Assam on , February 24calling upon him to cause an inclusive enquiry to be conducted into the incident of leakage of some toxic gas through the concerning technological as well as administrative authorities and submit the report thereof before this Commission within 30(thirty) days of receipt of the Notice.
The Commission took suo-moto cognizance of a news item which appeared in a number of local news dailies regarding a Mysterious Gas Leakage of some toxic gas affecting a large number of the residents of Navagraha, Silpukhuri, Chandmari and Kharghuli of the metropolis of Guwahati on Friday night and thereafter resulting in nausea and vomiting amongst some of the affected people besides the reported death of an elderly woman. Accusation has been made against the Guwahati Refinery for being responsible for the release of the said gas which could have triggered a catastrophe like that of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy. It is expected that the best of the technologies is be used by the concerned authorities to prevent any further leakage of such obnoxious substances so as to avert and evade any possible disaster being detrimental and deleterious to life and property.
The 13th Adivasi martyrs day was observed at Panery under the aegis of Udalguri district unit of AASAA(All Adivasi Students' Association of Assam )and Panery regional unit of AASAA on Monday.
The martyr's day marks the killings of 8 protestors who had died of bullet wounds on a 12 hour strike demanding ST status to Adivasis in July 25 in 2003 in Khusubil under Panery PS.
A rally and public meetings were held at Panery . Floral tributes were offered to the martyrs in the Shahid Memorial site at Panery where large gathering assembled. Akhila Panthi former AASAA leader delivered the inagural speech on the public meeting. Central Vice-president of AASAA Pradip Nag,Rejen Har,Rimis Linda along with many others were present in the ocassion and delivered speeches.
The studentleaders in their speeches said "We pay our homage to the heroes and our hearts go with the families of the great martyrs,we hope such mass killing of innocent Adivasi people will not be done again. The studentleaders reiterated their demands for ST status to Adivasi people at the earliest.