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SC to decide on fate of Mahendra Das


The Supreme Court is expected to decide on the fate of death convict Mahendra Das on Thursday.


The country’s apex court is set to deliver the crucial judgment on the Special Leave Petition filed by Mahendra Nath Das where he has pleaded that his death sentence should be commuted to lifer.


His mercy petition was rejected by the President after an inordinate delay of 12 years and plea for commutation to life imprisonment on this ground was dismissed by the Gauhati High Court.


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PPFA endorses 1951 as cut-off year

3 May 2017 - 11:15am | AT News

As the debate over the cut-off date/year for deportation of illegal Bangladeshi migrants from Assam (India) gains momentum, a patriotic forum comes out with the support for 1951 as the base year. However, the Patriotic People’s Front Assam (PPFA) reaffirms that it would abide by the guidelines of the Supreme Court as the matter is still in the apex court’s jurisdiction.

It may noted that the accord, which was signed after six years long Assam movement to deport all illegal migrants from Bangladesh, agreed to grant citizenship to the Bangladeshi nationals who entered Assam before 25 March 1971, even though the movement was materialized with the target of 1951.Need not to mention that few million Bangladeshi people entered Assam during 1951 to 1971 and they are waiting for constitutional rights to stay in the country as legal/permanent residents.

Since the days of Assam accord, Assam Sanmilita Mahasanga (ASM) continues raising voices for 1951 as the bottom year, which was later supported by Assam Public Works (APW), Assam Sahitya Sabha, All Assam Ahom Association, Indigenous Tribal People’s Front (ITPF), Purbotar Hindustani Sanmelan, Prabrajan Virodhi Manch etc.

All Assam Students Union (AASU) and Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) maintain their stand in favour of 25 March 1971 as the cut-off date for identification and deportation of illegal migrants under the provisions of the historic accord. Jamiat-Ulema-e-Hind’s Assam unit along with the AIUDF and Congress supports the same year of 1971. “We can understand that for some specific reasons the accord was signed with the base year of 1971. But we must not forget that all the Assam movement martyrs starting the list of Khargeswar Talukder sacrificed their lives for 1951. So respecting those martyrs the base year should be advanced without changing other clauses of the accord,” said a statement issued by PPFA.

The forum, of course, reiterated that it will obey the verdict of the Supreme Court in this respect and stated that the base year controversy should be resolved forever so that various anti-national elements do harm to the national cause of the country. Issued by Rupam Barua, Nava Thakuria, Jagadindra Raichoudhury, Ujjal Saikia etc for PPFA.

AAP candidate files nomination

20 Mar 2014 - 7:37pm | AT News

Aam Admi party candidate Manoram Gogoi filed nomination papers in Jorhat on Thursday.

Accompanied by his supporters, Gogoi filed his nomination papers before the returning officer at DC office in the morning.     

Huge gathering in Mahmora

29 Mar 2014 - 9:27am | AT News

Defying an inclement weather people are thronging in thousands in Mahmora to attend Dr Manmohan Singh’s poll rally on Saturday.

Dr Singh, who represents Assam in Parliament is expected to arrive in Dibrugarh at 11 in the morning. Then he would straightly leave for Mahmora in Sivasagar to campaign for Jorhat candidate Bijoy Krishna Handique.  

Chief minister Tarun Gogoi along with APCC president Bhubneswar Kalita and Union minister Pawan Singh Ghatowar are scheduled to attend the huge rally.