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Assam political murders reveals different picture
Published on 10 Aug. 2009 1:28 AM IST
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Emotions have been running high in Assam since the acquittal of the main accused of Parag Das murder case, but the history of political murders in Assam reveals a different picture. It is shocking but true that not a single conviction has taken place in any of the well known political murders of Assam, noted Guwahati High Court lawyer Shantanu Bharali said. The Parag Das episode has highlighted those unresolved murder cases which had shaken the political establishment of the State. Parag Das, an eminent journalist of Assam, was killed by surrendered ULFA members in 1996 for his critical views but due to lack of evidence, the only surviving accused managed to walk out scot free last fortnight. According to UNI report, noted lawyer Bijan Mahajan believes that governments have allowed such cases to die a natural death despite the tireless efforts of the affected families who await justice. The Saurav Bora murder case is a case in point. The left oriented student leader was killed by the radical supporters of the All Assam Student Union (AASU. Former MP and AASU President Sarbananda Sonowal was granted bail for the case which has not progressed since then. During the height of regionalism, Kalipad Sen, founding member of the United Minority Front (UMF), was shot dead at Guwahati by forces close to the regional parties of Assam. But the status of the case is uncertain. Citing a similar example, Nekibur Zaman, a senior criminal lawyer who handled the Manabendra Sarma case, narrates its details. A soft spoken popular Congress leader, Sarma was killed in February, 1991 in broad daylight. Current Congress minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma’s name had cropped up. But the matter was left at a later stage due to lack of a case diary. Five years later, another prominent Congress minister Nagen Neog was killed at Golaghat. There were accusations that a leader of the Asom Gana Parishad(AGP) had incited ULFA to eliminate him. But the case has not reached any logical conclusion. Today, Neog’s widow is a member of the Assam cabinet.

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