Guwahati: The All India Tribal Students’ Association, Assam on Sunday demanded state’s Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal to resign on moral ground alleging that the Chief Minister has grossly failed to handle the law and order situation in the state.
In a shocking development, one Rituparna Pegu, a resident of Commerce area of Guwahati, was stabbed and hacked to death on broad daylight on June 12 at Noonmati area.
In the month of May itself, Assam has witnessed a number of mob lynching cases in various parts of the state that includes the recent killing of Debasish Gogoi in Jorhat’s Mariani and Sanatan Deka in Kamrup metro’s Haju area.
Association adviser Arindam Prince Panging said, “The chief minister, who is also holding the home portfolio, has grossly failed to maintain the law and order situation under control. Resultantly, Late Rituparna Pegu has turned a victim of the collapsing state of the law and order situation. Therefore, he (Sonowal) should resign on moral ground.”
Panging also demanded the state government to trail the Late Rituparna Pegu’s murder case in the fast track court and hang the accused within two months. “The accused must be trailed under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 and be hanged within two months,” he said.
Stressing the state government to dispatch compensation of Rs 50 lakh to rehabilitate and support the deceased’s wife, Panging said, “We also demand the state government to provide a government job to the deceased’s wife so that the future of the 9-month-old child is not affected.”
The Association also pressed Dispur to put state’s director general of police Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta under suspension for his alleged failure in maintaining the ‘law and order’ situation.
The association also cautioned BJP legislator Siladitya Dev not to instigate the Mising community speaking on communal line.