Woman’s death prompts anger in Assam

Staff Reporter
ITANAGAR, Sep 7: The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti and the North Lakhimpur unit of the All Assam Minority Students’ Union (AAMSU) in Assam have reacted sharply to the apparent murder of a woman near Itanagar on Thursday.
The organisations while threatening economic blockade and protests have demanded compensation for the bereaved family, and immediate arrest of the culprits.
Earlier, protestors in Lakhimpur burned effigies of Chief Minister Pema Khandu and Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.
Police sources in Lakhimpur said the situation was under control and there was no report of any attack on passing vehicles belonging to Arunachal Pradesh as had been rumoured.
The main demand of the protestors is immediate compensation to the bereaved family and arrest of the culprits, the sources said, adding that there was no reason for travellers from Arunachal to fear.
The capital police have registered a murder case at the Naharlagun police station, and investigation is underway.
Speaking to this daily, Capital SP M Harsha Vardhan said several people have been detained and questioned.
The SP urged the organisations in Assam to show restraint as their provocative statements would only distract the police from the focused investigation which is currently underway.
The woman, identified as Aisha Bano, 55, was attacked with a sharp weapon, leading to her death, on the outskirts of Pachin area in the wee hours of Wednesday, according to the capital police.
Her husband Ramzan Ali, who was seriously injured, is recovering at the TRIHMS.
The couple, both farmhands, belonged to Borchola in Nowboicha in Lakhimpur district but had been living in Arunachal for years.
The scene of the crime is a remote location which does not have a motorable road.