ABMSU president Lafikul Islam murdered in Assam’s Kokrajhar district

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All Bodo Minority Students Union (ABMSU) president Lafikul Islam Ahmed was shot dead here today by unidentified assailants in Assams Kokrajhar district, police said. Two motorcycle-borne assailants opened fire from an AK-47 rifle at Ahmed while he had gone to buy tiles at a shop in Titaguri Market, killing him on the spot and seriously injuring the shopkeeper, Superintendent of Police Rajen Singh said.

Police found three empty AK-47 cartridges from the spot.

Tension prevails in Kokrajhar and its adjoining disticts in Lower Assam with protesters coming out on the streets. Volatile situation was also reported in some places along the National Highway 31.

ABMSU has called an indefinite bandh in protest against the killing and has demanded immediate arrest of the culprits.

Security in all the districts of Lower Assam has been intensified following the killing. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has condemned the incident and directed DGP Mukesh Sahay to review the prevailing situation.

A massive hunt has been launched to nab the killers and further investigations were on, police added.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda tweeted, “I strongly condemn the killing of ABMSU president Lafikul Islam. Directed Assam police DGP to visit Kokrajhar & do a thorough investigation.”

Himant Biswa Sarma, a member of Sonowal’s cabinet and who had left Congress in the previous government to join the BJP, said, “I am deeply distressed to learn about the killing of ABMSU president Lafikul Islam and strongly condemn it. My condolences to the family.”

M Badruddin Ajmal, the president of All India United Democratic Front, too expressed his shock at Islam’s gruesome murder.

He wrote, “Disturbing news from Kokrajhar, ABMSU President Lafiqul Islam Ahmed shot dead in broad daylight. Strongly condemn the killing. He was a progressive youth leader. I urge the Govt to take the issue with utmost importance and nab the culprits. Also the Government should ensure that no untoward incident takes place following Lafiqul’s killing.”

The killing of Islam, a prominent leader in Assam, will pose serious questions on the law and order situation in the BJP-led government, which had come to power last year.

(With PTI inputs)

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