The BPF worker was shot at point-blank range on Friday evening

Udalguri: A Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) worker was shot dead from point-blank range by unidentified miscreants at Bhutiachang along the Mangaldoi-Bhutiachang road in Assam’s Udalguri district around 6.30 pm on Friday.

The worker, identified as Khairul Haque (51), was an inhabitant of Simaluguri village near 2 No Niz Garuajhar under Paneri Police Station.

Locals informed that apart from being a BPF worker, Haque ran a tea stall in Bhutiachang area. The tea stall was closed a month ago. A woman passing through the area noticed him sitting idle and later informed locals and the police.

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Sub-Divisional Police Officer Nirmal Ghosh said that they are investigating the matter and suspect that the victim succumbed to bullet injury. “Nothing can be ruled out at this stage,” he said.

Locals informed that Haque had an amicable relation with everyone in the locality.

Former Rajya Sabha MP and BJP leader Santiuse Kujur condemned the incident and said such ghastly incident ahead of BTC council polls are bound to create fear psychosis among the masses. He exhorted the police to arrest the culprits involved and book them under relevant provisions of law.

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