A 17-year-old budding musician from Guwahati, Sam Stafford who was allegedly shot dead during an anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protest was hit by two bullets on his chin and stomach, the family claimed. The statements were made after his family received the post mortem report.
“He was first tortured and then killed. There were marks of two bullet shots on his body – one on his chin and other on his stomach. There were bruises all over his body. I want an investigation into the matter,” Stafford’s mother said as tears rolled down her cheeks.
She further added, “What is the reason behind such brutality? He was not a terrorist. He was just a student. I need justice.”
The family alleged police’s lackasidal attitude despite registering a police case into the incident. “We filed a case but there are no reports as yet. Neither did the present government paid any heed to the matter,” she said.
On December 11th, 2019, the Parliament passed the CAA. This triggered massive protests across the state which later spread to other parts of the country. Violent incidents too took place in some parts. Curfew was imposed to bring the situation under control. Later, mobile internet services were suspended in 10 districts of the state.
Sam had participated at a gathering in Latasil playground called by the All Assam Students’ Union that sought the legislation’s rollback. He was returning from the playground, where singer Zubeen Garg performed in solidarity with protesters against the Act.
He was shot at reportedly by a security personnel’s gun while they were trying to foment trouble during curfew at Namghar Street. He later succumbed to bullet injuries at a hospital.
It may be mentioned that four people were killed in police firing in Assam, while an oil tanker driver was charred to death when his vehicle was set on fire in Orang.
A total of 241 criminal cases were registered in Assam following the violent protests against the CAA. GP Singh, Additional Director General Police (Law and Order), Assam informed that over 385 persons were arrested in relation to these cases.