[Assam] AFSPA(1958) ARMOUR is there to rescue Indian troops. Apologies, compensations are insults India has been showering Assam with. Assam must demand RIGHT TO LIFE under the HR statue & repealing of AFSPA within a set date.

Bartta Bistar barttabistar at googlemail.com
Mon May 7 23:03:13 PDT 2007

 Army faces probe for alleged fake killing in Assam



*Tuesday May 8, 10:44 AM*

Doomdooma (Assam), May 8 (IANS) As Assam saw highway blockades and protests
against alleged fake killings for a second day, the state government Tuesday
ordered a probe into the army's role in a local villager's death.

'We have ordered an enquiry to probe the alleged encounter death of
Budheswar Moran. The report is to be submitted within 30 days,' Assam Chief
Minister Tarun Gogoi said Tuesday.

The killing of Moran, 24, in an alleged 'encounter' with soldiers of the
Jammu and Kashmir Rifles over the weekend in eastern Assam's Tinsukia
district has led to protests, with hundreds of people blocking a highway for
the second straight day Tuesday near Doomdooma, 515 km east of Guwahati.

The army claimed that Moran was a 'hardcore militant' of the outlawed United
Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA). But hours after the controversial
encounter, locals and family members claimed that Moran was innocent and
that he had no links with any rebel group.

'We are not going to take possession of the dead body so long as the erring
army soldiers are not punished. The agitation would become more vigorous if
such state-sponsored terrorism is not stopped immediately,' a group of
protestors said amid loud anti-army slogans.

The Indian Army, engaged in anti-insurgency operations in Assam and
Arunachal Pradesh, is under fire over frequent allegations of rights
violations, torture of innocent civilians and fake encounters while
conducting raids.

'Incidents of innocent youths being killed by the army is on the rise,
besides torture and harassment of civilians in the name of countering
insurgency,' Lachit Bordoloi, who heads the Manab Adhikar Sangram Samity
(MASS) - a leading rights group in Assam, told IANS.

Army authorities were not available for comment.

There have also been strong protests from legislators in adjoining state
Arunachal Pradesh over alleged atrocities committed on locals by the army
while conducting raids on ULFA bases.

Arunachal Rural Development Minister Chowna Mein said villagers were
tortured by the army in Lohit district after an explosion triggered by the
ULFA killed two soldiers a fortnight ago.

'The villagers were made to clear the jungles and used for searching dead
bodies. They (army) confined the villagers without food and water soon after
the blast and ransacked some houses,' the minister said.

On Monday, a senior army commander tendered an apology to the Arunachal
Pradesh government. In July last year, the army punished Major Nishant
Sharma and Rifleman Sudip Gurung after finding the duo guilty of killing a
villager in custody.

The military court ruling came after the Assam government lodged a protest
with the army saying the villager, Ajit Mahanta, was shot dead after being
picked up by the army on suspicion of having links with the ULFA.

In December, the army was mired in yet another blazing row over the torture
of a separatist suspect in custody. Army authorities were forced to
apologise and order an inquiry after Nipul Saikia, a farmer, was picked up
by soldiers and was seriously injured while in custody.

N.C. Marwah, general-officer-commanding of the second Mountain Division,
later tendered an apology for the incident.

*Protest over 'fake encounter' intensifies, CM orders probe*


Guwahati, May 7: Irate villagers continued to block the National Highway 37
at Doomdooma this morning protesting the killing of an 'ULFA cadre' by
troops of the 6 JAK Rifles in Tinsukia yesterday, even as the Chief Minister
ordered a probe into the incident.

Backed by a number of student and youth organisations, thousands of
protesting villagers mustered strong at Ushamati shouting anti-Army slogans
and demanding a halt to the 'atrocities meted out to the common people in
the name of anti-insurgency operations.' A protest meeting was also held at
the place.

Efforts of the district administration to pacify the mob failed to yield any

Four districts of Arunachal Pradesh remained cut-off from Asom and traffic
in the national highway 52 was also affected in the wake of the blockade.

Claiming that the person, who was shot dead by the Army was an 'innocent
father of three sons', the agitators had yesterday gheraod the Doomdooma
police station for hours.

They said Moran was an employee at the Manipur Tea Estate of Doomdooma.

However, a spokesperson of the 6 JAK Rifles said the slain person,
identified as Budheswar Moran alias Budhee alias Budhay, was a 'dreaded ULFA

The Army claimed to have recovered an IED, a detonator, a 9mm pistol and six
live rounds from the 'militant'.

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