Shankar Baruah’s “unfortunate death” is a set back for CBI probe into the Saradha scam where the former DGP was an accused. Barua, who shot himself to death on Wednesday, was an important part of the probe into the multi crore scam. According to sources, Barua played a big role to provide security to Saradha chief Sudipta Sen and his close associates. A former minister and Baruah had several rounds of late night meetings with Sen and one of his close associate mediated by Sadananda Gogoi who is in CBI custody. The conspiracy took final shap when Baruah met Sudipta Sen at the initiatives of Sadananda Gogoi---closed to Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma.
At least forty people, mostly Adivasi, were killed when suspected NDFB-S militants fired upon the people at two remote villages in Sonitpur district on Tuesday.
The dreaded attack took place at Simangapara near the Paboi reserved forest area bordering Arunachal Pradesh in the evening. Armed militants sneaked into an Adivasi village at around 6 in the evening and started indiscriminate firing where at least 15 people were killed. Then they left the hamlet.
Security forces arrived in the village. But it was too late for them to deal with the militants. Police officials told Assam Times that the attack is being launched to retaliate the intensified offensive by the security forces in several places. In yet another attack, the NDFB-S militants killed at least 5 villagers in Batashipur. It took place simultaneously in the evening.
Hundreds of people in Lathitila, Dumabari, Boraibari areas in Mancachar district came out of their homes venting anger against the political parties and organizations alleging their silence.
Rup Debin Boraibari told Assam Times, “Not even a political leader, social activist has visited us to get the pulse.” Ismail Hussain in Boraibari said,” they are playing politics over the issue leaving us in the lurch.”
“We are not informed. We have lost our land. But the people in power and out of power are least bothered,” Salmu Myan told Assam Times in Dumabari.
At the stork of Friday midnight the state’s geographical map underwent a sensational charge.
A huge plot of land covering 116 enclave has gone to Bangladesh nearly one month after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikha Hasina signed the land swap deal.
A high level delegation from Dhaka started implementing the pact on Friday where 15,000 people from Bangladesh got Indian citizenship in Assam alongwith West Bengal, Meghalaya, and Tripura.
SHILLONG: Meghalaya Editors & Publishers Association(MEPA) has strongly condemned on the high handedness of the Assam Police who mercilessly assaulted a Mizo journalist as she was covering the simmering conflict along the Assam-Mizoram border last week.
In a statement MEPA president RM Shabong said the journalists have their own liberty to be present on such un easy situation and that the Assam Police should have allowed them to perform their duty without favour or fear.
MEPA asked the Assam government to institute an enquiry into it and to punish the elements responsible for it since the incident has made a huge dent in the image of the police force.
MEPA extends its support to our journalist friends in Mizoram and wishes for their fast recovery of the injured persons.