SIT formed to probe into Lafikul’s killing

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HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, Aug 4: Assam government has constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by senior IPS officer Anurag Tankhar having experience working with National Investigation Agency (NIA) to probe into the brutal killing of All Bodoland Minority Students Union (ABMSU) president Lafiqul Islam Ahme, an official release informed here on Friday.

Earlier, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal told the representatives of ABMSU, All Minority Students Union (AMSU) and Bodo People’s Front (BPF) Minority Cell that a SIT would be formed to conduct an inquiry into the killing of Lafikul at Kokrajhar on August 1. Sonowal also told them that the government would write to ministry of home affairs (MHA) seeking CBI inquiry into the case.

The state home department also formally approached to MHA on Friday recommending CBI inquiry into the killing.

On the other hand, the Kokrajhar Police is likely to unveil a sketch of the killer and make it public for apprehension of the culprit. “The sketch artists have arrived in Kokrajhar to make the sketch in the presence of eye witnesses. The sketch will be made public,” Kokrajhar SP Rajen singh told reporters in Kokrajhar on Friday.

“Investigation is on. We will book the key accused shortly,” Singh said.

The sleuths of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) interrogated arrested driver Nur Mohamad in connection with the killing. The driver was also taken to the spot to get input on the gruesome murder.

One home guard Ambrit Chandra Barman was picked up for interrogation from Bhawraguri area on Friday. Barman hails from Tulsibil village under Gossaigaon Police Station. On the other hand, the interrogation of arrested cattle smuggler Entaj Ali still continued. Ali was remanded to seven-day police custody by a local court in Kokrajhar on Thursday.

The interrogation of four other persons, including Lafikul’s PSO Jakir Hussain, owner of JN Traders Gautam Ghosh, driver Nur Mohamad and Ambrit Chandra Barman.

Kokrajhar DC Bibekananda Choudhury also handed over a cheque of 5 lakh as ex-gratia to the family of Lafikul at his residence at Salakati.

A peace meeting was held at DC office conference hall in Kokrajhar on Friday to restore peace and normalcy in the district in the aftermath of the killing.

Representatives of various student organisations, political and non-political organisations and senior citizens took part in the meeting.

Meanwhile, ABMSU general secretary Shakamal Kandokar clarified that the student body has not called for any bandh in connection with the killing of Lafikul but demanded the government to respond to its demand for conducting a CBI probe into the incident.

The United People’s Party-Liberal (UPPL) submitted a memorandum to chief minister through Kokrajhar deputy commissioner demanding safety and security to life and property of the people of BTAD.

A delegation of Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) led by opposition leader Debabrata Saikia visited Kokrajhar to take stock of the situation. The team also visited Salakati and met parents of Lafikul.


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