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Joint Action Committee (JAC) extends gratitude

Dimapur, February 19 (MExN): The JAC against the brutal rape and attempted murder on Kumari Durga Devi d/o Kedar Sharma of New Takaimai Village extended gratitude to all concerned persons who tirelessly worked for the incident and delivered justice to the victim. V.S Joseph, Convenore, JAC in a press note stated that the JAC is sincerely thankful to the Senapati District Superintendent of Police (SP) Pushpanjali Devi, IPS, all her officers and police force for cracking the rape case and booking the accused.The note further added that such achievement of the guardian of the people will promote better law and order situation in the District.  

BTC chief threatens to file case against Assam govt

Kokrajhar(Assam), February 19 (PTI): Bodoland Peoples Front (BPF) leader Hagrama Mohilary, an ally of the Congress on Saturday threatened to file a case against the Assam government for its alleged failure to release fund for central development projects in the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) area. Mohilary, who is also the BTC chief told reporters here that he would take recourse to legal action as nearly Rs 13 crore was due for release towards development work in the BTC area for certain central projects as per Article 275 (1) of the Constitution. As per legal provision and guidelines, he said, the BTC administration had sent proposals to the Welfare of Plains Tribe and Backward Classes department of Assam for the sanction of Rs 8.13 crore of the Central fund this financial year but the amount was yet to be received, Mohilary claimed.  Though he had made the proposal for nearly Rs 13 crore, the BTC chief claimed that the state government reduced it to about Rs 8.13 crore. Mohilary also alleged that state government departments had instead sent proposals of an NGO (name undisclosed) of Baska district of BTC to the Central government flouting the legitimate proposal of BTC and going against the Constitution.  Demanding that the state government immediately release the amount to the BTC for utilisation this financial year, he threatened that otherwise the BTC will be compelled to file a law suit in the High court or in the Supreme Court against Assam government for violation of a constitutional mandate.

3 former govt officials charged with murder

GUWAHATI, February 19 (TNN): Two years after the mysterious killing in Jogdal village near Sonapur in the city outskirts, the case took a new turn with the CID registering a case against three then-government officials including two police personnel on Saturday. On December 12, 2009, six people, including two children were brutally murdered by unknown assailants at Jogdal village in Kamrup district. Those killed were identified as Harakanta Doloi (45), Sapna Doloi (40), Sabita Doloi (14), Punita Doloi (9) and son Atul Doloi (6). Harakanta's niece Tukul Doloi (6) was also killed in the incident. The CID recently found that some of the police officers of Sonapur police station had misguided the investigation in 2009 and were also responsible for destroying evidence. "The then-OC of Sonapur PS Pranab Kumar Deka was charged of not protecting the house of the victim. The house was burned down after six days of the incident. He should have protected it as it was the crime scene," said a senior CID official. CID also pointed a finger at the then-investigation officer of the case, Abdul Matlib Chaudhury, for his lackadaisical approach in the investigation. "Chaudhury did not seize the clothes of the two women who were believed to be raped. His intension of not helping the investigation was clear," added the official. City police had arrested two persons- Mridul Bordoloi and Arjun Bordoloi after the incident for alleged involvement in the killings. However, they were forced to free them on bail as they did not have any concrete evidence against the duo. The then-Forensic Science Laboratory expert, P K Baruah is also on their suspect list. "Baruah had turned down our request for DNA tests of the two arrested. The tests could have given the investigation a concrete shape. But, he told us that the samples collected from the bodies of Harakanta Doloi's wife and daughter, who were allegedly raped before being murdered, were not sufficient," alleged the official. CID also blamed Baruah for destroying the samples collected from the bodies without informing the authority. The Assam Police has been informed about the matter through a written letter.

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