ARSU and other organisations protest for justice in Junmoni Rabha's incident on NH17
ARSU members protesting on NH-17

Sakhati: The death of sub-inspector Junmoni Rabha has caused a stir across Assam. Hundreds of members of various Rabha organisations once again blocked the National Highway 17 in Sakhati and in Bamunigaon in Kamrup Rural District simultaneously on Wednesday. Earlier they held a protest on May 19.

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All Rabha Student’s Union (ARSU), Sixth Schedule Demand Committee (SSDC), All Rabha Women Council (ARWC), Rabha Sahitya Sabha and other sister organisations participated in the massive protest.

Despite police obstruction, Rabha organisations sat on NH-17 for half an hour and shouted slogans against the state government, Nagaon police, and even former Nagaon superintendent of police Leena Doley.

Explaining the cause for the protest, Kabita Rabha, secretary, ARWC said, “Investigation of Junmoni Rabha’s death must be done by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) instead of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).”

Kabita Rabha recalled that after the May 19 protest, Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma announced a CBI enquiry into the case but no action has been taken and that the government’s inaction regarding the matter is suspicious. She added that sub-inspector Abhajyoti Rabha should be interrogated by the police regarding Junmoni Rabha’s death.

Pradip Rabha, secretary, ARSU, said, “Although Junmoni Rabha’s mother submitted a written complaint against many police officers, we have not seen any action taken against them yet.” He also urged the people of Assam to light ‘diya’ (clay candles) on May 26, the day of Junmoni Rabha’s commemoration ceremony.  

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Ashok Rabha, Secretary, SSDC alleged that the sub-inspector’s death was not an accident but a murder and that former Nagaon SP Lina Doloi was trying to cover it up.

“All nine Rabha organisations will continue protest till Junmoni Rabha gets justice”, he added.

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