Tinsukia: Tension is brewing at Charkholia Ramsingh Sapori on the north bank of Brahmaputra in Assam’s Dibrugarh district following a large-scale attack on milkmen and their families residing in the area.
The attack allegedly carried out by members of Takam Mising Porin Kebang (TMPK) on Saturday night claimed one life and injured several others. The deceased has been identified as Murali Yadav who succumbed to his injuries on Sunday.
The incident took place four days after milkmen from Sapori had submitted a memorandum to the deputy commissioner and superintendent of Dibrugarh police informing them about extortion threats to their lives.
According to sources, over 100 TMPK members of Laimekuri anchalik committee in Dhemaji district physically assaulted local inhabitants of the sapori, burning down their houses for not fulfilling their extortion demand.
“Demand notes of different amount had been served to local inhabitants of the sapori in large scale and the extortion threat was informed to DC and SP through a memorandum on October 15,” alleged sources, adding that had the administration and police taken the memorandum seriously and undertaken preventive steps, precious lives could have been saved.
“One Murali Yadav died at Assam Medical College and Hospital in Dibrugarh,” sources claimed, alleging, “The members of TMPK Laimekuri aanchalik committee did not even spare children, women and aged persons in their assault.”
Speaking with EastMojo, deputy commissioner of Dibrugarh Pallav Gopal Jha said one person has died while four others are injured in the attack. “I am awaiting report from circle officer on the number of houses damaged and the exact scale of damages.”
“I was on leave on October 15. If such a memorandum has been submitted to my office it must have been forwarded to police for action,” Jha said, adding: “I will look into what precautionary steps were taken by police on the memorandum. If no action was taken [then] why was it ignored.”
Jha said they are in touch with Dhemaji deputy commissioner and superintendent of police. “Instructions for strictest action has been given to police. A meeting will be held today [Sunday] evening.”
Superintendent of Dibrugarh police Gautam Bora could not be reached despite repeated attempts.