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Hours after Narendra Modi visit, Assam minority students' leader Lafiqul Islam shot dead in Kokrajhar

Lafiqul Islam, a minority students leader from Assam, was reportedly shot dead on Tuesday evening in the state's sensitive Kokrajhar district. The DGP of Assam police has been asked to visit the place and investigate what led to the incident.

Thirty-year-old Islam, president of the All Bodo Minority Students' Union (ABMSU), spearheaded several anti-establishment agitations. The incident would come as a major embarrassment to Assam government, especially since Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in the state on Tuesday to oversee the administration's flood relief work.

A report on The Shillong Times said the incident took place at the Titaguri market area in Kokrajhar district of western Assam, which comes under the Bodoland Territorial Autonomous Council (BTAC) areas, at around 4.20 pm on Tuesday.

The report also said Rajen Singh, superintendent of police, Kokrajhar, quoted witnesses to say two motorcycle-borne miscreants wore helmets and gunned down the ABMSU leader. Singh, however, didn't blame any militant outfit for the murder, and said investigations will uncover the truth.

The ruling BJP also condemned the incident and said culprits will be brought to justice. "I strongly condemn the killing of the young ABMSU president Lafikul Islam in Kokrajhar. Culprits of this incident shall never escape," Siddhartha Bhttachrya, BJP spokesperson and in-charge of the North East, said on Twitter.

Chief Minister of Assam, Sarbananda Sanowal, also took to Twitter to "strongly condemn" the incident, and said that he has directed Assam police DGP to visit Kokrajhar and do a thorough investigation.

Published Date: Aug 02, 2017 07:09 AM | Updated Date: Aug 02, 2017 09:00 AM

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