DOOMDOOMA, Oct 15 - The All Assam Students� Union (AASU) has welcomed the Army court judgement on the infamous Dangari Army encounter case for which seven Armymen were awarded life imprisonment.
All the regional committees of AASU in Tinsukia district lit lamps on Sunday evening in their respective jurisdictions to welcome the judgement. Dangari Regional Committee of AASU organised a programme at Pancha Swahid Samadhi at Dangari to welcome the judgement. The AASU activists offered gamusas and lit lamps at the Samadhi.
The family members of the Pancha Swahid, two survivors of the incident � Matheswar Moran and Prakash Sharma � Tinsukia District Committee of AASU secretary Samar Gohain, besides the AASU activists were present on the occasion.
The family members of the victims and the survivors expressed satisfaction over the judgement and thanked their advocate Major Karan Singh.
Doomdooma regional committee of AASU also lit lamps before the statue of Mahatma Gandhi located in the heart of Doomdooma town to welcome the landmark judgement of the Army court.
It may be mentioned here that in a landmark judgement, a summary general court martial conducted by the Army sentenced a Major General, two Colonels and four other soldiers to life imprisonment for the extrajudicial killings of five AASU activists, namely Prabin Sonowal, Pradip Dutta, Debajit Biswas, Bhaben Moran and Akhil Sonowal at Dangari in Tinsukia district of Upper Assam in 1994.
The judgement, pronounced by the court martial held at the HQ of the DAO Division at Dinjan, will however have to be approved by �higher competent authorities� like the Eastern Army Command at Kolkata and the Army headquarter in New Delhi.
�This can take two to three months,� said a source. Sources said that the seven held guilty are Major General AK Lal, Colonels Thomas Mathew and RS Sibiren and junior commissioned officers (JCOs) and non-commissioned officers (NCOs) Dilip Singh, Jagdeo Singh, Albindar Singh and Shivendar Singh.
They, of course, can file appeals against the verdict in the Armed Forces Tribunal and the Supreme Court.