Junu Sarma’s killing triggers statewide protest

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HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, Oct 10: The killing of State Bank of India (SBI) accountant Junu Sarma triggered widespread protest across the state on Wednesday.

Unidentified miscreants gunned down Sarma at Agiathuri near Dadara in Kamrup (Rural) district on Tuesday evening.

Activists of State Bank of India Officers Association (SBIOA) and State Bank of India Staff Association (SBISA) of the Northeast Circle staged a sit-in-protest at Dighalipukhuri here seeking justice to the family of the victim. On the other hand, the officers and employees of the bank registered protest against the killing by wearing black badges during office hours on Wednesday.

The protesters also took out a candle light vigil in Dighalipukhuri to honour the slain officer of the bank.

They also demanded immediate arrest of the culprits involved in the incident and protection of life and property of the officers and employees of the bank.

Two unidentified motorcycle-borne gunmen shot dead the woman service manager of Dadara branch of SBI at Agiathori here around 7 pm on Tuesday while she was travelling home after office in her personal car.

Eyewitnesses said that two men on a motorcycle, wearing helmets broke the car’s window pane and shot her from a close range. Sarma’s driver rushed her to a nearby private hospital, but she was declared brought dead. Police recovered 9mm bullets from inside the vehicle.

Assam Police director general Kuladhar Saikia said, “It was a pre-planned murder. Every angle will be examined and the culprits will be booked soon.”

SBIOA general secretary Rupam Roy said, “What is all the more deplorable is that the murder took place at a time when all bank employees and officers are under tremendous pressure to meet the public demand along with the pressure of the government and management of fulfilling targets. Of late, all our officers have been working for more than 12 hours a day and incidents like this will only demoralize them and bring in a sense of fear and abhorrence among them.”

“We, the tank employees, officers in unison, demand the government to order a CBI enquiry to get into the truth and nab the perpetrators of this crime, or else we will be forced to move ahead with our organizational movement which will cause inconvenience to the common man at large,” Roy said.

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