[Assam] Army pays compensation to Mahanta's wife - PTI

Chan Mahanta cmahanta at charter.net
Sun Feb 12 19:11:07 PST 2006

Ahhh! I am overwhelmed!

At 8:36 PM -0600 2/12/06, Ram Sarangapani wrote:
>It may be too little compared to such a great loss for the family, 
>but at least we are seeing another side (a compassionate side) of 
>the Indian army. It is just a gesture, a gesture nevertheless in the 
>right direction.
>Highlights are mine.
>Kakopathar, Assam: The Army today paid a compensation of Rs 1 lakh 
>to the wife of Ajit Mahanta, whose death in army custody recently 
>triggered violent protests in the area leading to nine deaths in 
>police firing.
>GoC 4 Corps Lt Gen Arbind Sharma visited Mahanta's house and handed 
>over a cheque of Rs 1 lakh, Rs 5,000 in cash, and assured her of 
>another Rs 1 lakh. The general also assured her that the army would 
>give her a job, take care of the education of their two children and 
>build their house.
>Mahanta was picked up from Tirak village in Kakopathar area in 
>Tinsukia district by the army last Sunday on suspicion of being an 
>ULFA linkman. His body was recovered from a gunny bag in Assam 
>Medical College Dibrugarh the next day. The army had earlier said 
>that Mahanta died when he was trying to escape from their custody.
>Villagers from nearly 100 villagers in Kakopathar area had risen in 
>anger on Friday to protest against Mahanta's killing. To control the 
>mob, the police resorted to firing, killing eight of the protestors 
>and injuring several others. A CRPF personnel was stoned to death by 
>the mob.
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