JALAH, July 25 � The Baksa district administration this morning lifted the curfew in most areas of the district while relaxing the same for five hours from 11 am in areas under the Mushalpur police.
The administration had imposed the indefinite curfew in the entire district after Manoj Das, 35, former general secretary of Baksa Anchalik AASU and executive member of Asom Sena who was also involved with Ona Bodo Surakhya Samiti, was shot dead from point blank range by four gunmen around 7.15 pm on Wednesday evening at Mushalpur.
Das was on his way to Mushalpur chawk from his house at Belguri Pwthar on a bike when motorcycle-borne gunmen shot at him near a bridge at Mushalpur chawk. He was rushed to a hospital at Nalbari but was declared brought dead by the doctors. Five persons were picked up for interrogation in this connection.
Local people have demanded immediate arrest of the culprits. Normal life has been affected in parts of Baksa district protesting against the killing of the leader. Senior police officers are camping in the district after the killing. Security has been intensified in the district.
Various organisations, including the Sanmilita Janagosthiya Aikya Mancha (SJA) have condemned the killing and alleged involvement of former militants of the erstwhile Bodo Liberation Tigers in the murder and demanded immediate arrest of the culprits.
The influential All Bodo Students� Union (ABSU) has also condemned the killing. A team of ABSU lead by its president Promod Boro today visited the victim�s home at Belguri Pwthar and met the family members. Boro demanded immediate arrest of the killers and seizure of all illegal arms. He also criticised the government and its machineries for failing to safeguard the lives and property of the people in BTAD.