Maybang mayhem: Dimasa women continue to stir for action against DC, SP

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HT Correspondent

Haflong, Feb 7: Hundreds of women activists on Wednesday staged a two-hour long dharna in front of deputy commissioner’s office in Haflong demanding action against Dima Hasao deputy commissioner Devajyoti Hazarika and superintendent of police Ankur Jain in connection with the police firing on unarmed protestors at Maibang railway station on January 25, in which two youth were killed and 12 others received injuries. Notably, the protest of the women organisation entered fourth day on Wednesday and it will continue till Friday.

On the other hand, one man inquiry commissioner led by additional chief secretary VB Pyarelal conducted public hearing of the incident, where representatives of various social organisations deposed before the probe panel.

“Our protest will go ahead if the government fails to give satisfactory reply to us. We will move Dispur and Delhi for justice,” a protestor Probina Longmailai told reporters in Haflong on Wednesday.

“We are not protesting under the banner of any organisation. All women are coming here willingly,” she said and added, “We don’t submit any memorandum. To whom we will submit? The DC himself ordered firing on innocent people, who were peacefully protesting.”

The protester also demanded for a judicial inquiry into causes and circumstances that led to the police firing on innocent people,” they said.

Meanwhile, additional chief secretary VB Pyarelal conducted public hearing of the January 25 Maibang incident on Tuesday. Pyarelal recorded statements of representatives of various organisations and general public at Dishru Cultural Club of Maibang on the incident.

A memorandum was also submitted to the Pyarelal demanding immediate suspension and arrest of deputy commissioner. Three of the injured in the police firing, Bishal Hojai, Thoushring Hojai and Joyjit Daolagupu also deposed before the additional chief secretary during the public hearing and gave elaborate details of the entire incident on that fateful day.

Bishal Hojai presented a visual description of how the police pounced on the protestors without prior warning and started firing on them.

Members of Dimasa Students’ Union (DSU), Jadike Naiso Hosom (JNH), Dimasa Mothers’ Association (DMA) were present in the public hearing.

Meanwhile, former legislator Samarjit Haflongbar has expressed his gratitude to Assam chief minsiter Sarbananda Sonowal for initiating an inquiry into the whole incident and also demanded immediate arrest of Dima Hasao deputy commissioner Debajyoti Hajarika, who had ordered the police to open fire immediately on his arrival at the scene of protest on that day which was otherwise peaceful till that point of time.

On the other hand, Kalyan Daulagupu, president of Jadike Naisho Hosom, the apex body of the Dimasa has warned of continuing agitation if prompt action is not taken against the deputy commissioner and the superintendent of police.

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