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1 killed; irate mob set AR truck on fire
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JUN 16 (NPN):
Published on 17 Jun. 2009 12:49 AM IST
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A 407 Tata mini truck belonging to 21 Assam Rifles (Manipur) was burned by an irate mob at Naharbari junction on Tuesday morning around 7.30 am after the vehicle was involved in a road mishap leading to the death of one cyclist. According police sources the driver, Hav Raju R, 9 Sector, 21 AR, was on his way to ARTC when the incident occurred. Police sources identified the victim as one Ezamo Odyuo, Chairman, Lotha community of Naharbari. Police said the victim riding on a cycle, was reportedly hit by the truck from behind. The driver reportedly took the injured victim to hospital in an auto but succumbed to head injury on the way. Meanwhile a crowd gathered became infuriated and pelted stones at the traffic police when they tried to tow the vehicle. Some of the youths reportedly brought petrol and set fire to the vehicle. Additional police forces along with the Assam rifles rushed to the spot to control the situation. Meanwhile police sources also confirmed that the accused was in police custody and also denied bail. NVC, LUPB condemn Naharbari Village Council (NVC) and Lotha Union Purana Bazaar (LUPB) has strongly condemned the “careless and reckless driving” of one Raju R, a personnel of 21 AR, which resulted in the death of Ezamo Odyuo Lotha. Condemning the act, the NVC chairperson, Tokheli Kikon and secretary, M Suokhrie has urged administration and law enforcing agencies to “prosecute and punish the perpetrator” as per the provisions of the law and deliver justice to the aggrieved. The council also expressed deepest condolence to the bereaved family and prayed Almighty grant them solace and departed soul rest in peace. Further, NVC reiterated its earlier appeal and demanded district administration and government agencies to take necessary preventive measures against vehicular accidents in and around the accident prone areas in Naharbari so that recurrence of such incidents was prevented in future. Lotha Union Purana Bazar Area (LUPB) East Dimapur, in a separate press note issued by its chairman, E Lotha also expressed anguish and condemned the reckless driving of one Raju, R, which resulted in the death of Ezamo Odyuo Lotha. Asserting that such careless action reflects irresponsible attitude of 21 AR authorities, the union urged law enforcing agencies to take up the case seriously as per the provision of law. “Late Ezamo Odyuo Lotha was an Executive member of the Union. He was the father of seven children and the sole bread earner of the family. With his death, it has caused irreparable damage for the livelihood and sustenance of the family,” it stated. Expressing grief and sorrow over the “sudden death” of Ezamo Odyuo Lotha, the union conveyed “deepest” condolence to the bereaved family and prayed Almighty God grant them courage and strength to bear the great loss. LUPB has strongly appealed 21 AR authorities that it must immediately extend adequate ex-gratia payment to the bereaved family “though nothing compensates the death of late Ezamo Odyuo Lotha”. It urged 21 AR to facilitate employment to one of the family member to secure the future livelihood and sustenance of the dependent.

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