A large number of people staged protest at Noonmati area in Guwahati following the youth's killing Credit: FB

Guwahati: A large number of people staged protest at Noonmati area in Assam’s Guwahati city on Saturday, following the killing of a 26-year-old youth in broad daylight on Friday.

Demanding adequate compensation to the nearest kin of the deceased, the protesters also requested the government to put the case on fast-track court trial.

The deceased, identified as Rituparna Pegu, was allegedly killed by a group of around four people, including a minor, following an argument that took place at a shop in Noonmati, an incident that was captured on CCTV.

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The protesters started gathering in front of the shop on Saturday morning and tried to block the road. The protesters also demanded the district administration to seal the shop where the incident took place.

Meanwhile, the police have arrested five persons — Ibrahim Ali and Dulal Ali, the relatives of the minor; the owner of the shop, Arman Ali; Hussain Ali, Manuwara Khatun — for the killing of the youth in Noonmati, on Saturday. A case vide Noonmati PS C/no. 294/20 u/s 147/148/149/302 IPC has been registered and investigation is on.

The deceased was an employee of the shop, Arman Home Furnishing, before he lost his job due to the lockdown.

“The deceased, a resident of Silapathar, stayed in a rented accommodation near the Gauhati Commerce College and visited the shop this afternoon. He was an employee of the shop but due to the pandemic, lost his job. He continued to visit the shop frequently. Around 2.30 pm on Friday, he got into a heated argument with a minor who works at the shop. Members of the minor’s family also rallied behind the minor. In the meantime, he stabbed Pegu in the neck. The whole incident was captured by the CCTV camera,” ACP Noonmati Jikirani Mahanta said on Friday evening.

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Pegu was immediately rushed to a private hospital, but the doctor there declared him brought dead. He leaves behind his wife and a seven-month-old baby.

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