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Man dies in army custody

By The Assam Tribune

KARIMGANJ, Oct 10 � Allegedly after being tortured in army custody, a 40-year-old man was found dead today in Hailakandi district, official sources said.

The army�s artillery field regiment had picked up Iqbal Hussain Laskar from Ciparsangon area on October 8 on suspicion of being involved in a fake currency racket. But after being admitted to the Silchar Medical College Hospital today by the army, Laskar was pronounced dead, sources said.

The wife of the deceased has filed an FIR alleging that her husband died following torture by the army during custody.

The postmortem report would be sent to the forensic laboratory in Guwahati to ascertain the cause of death.

Meanwhile, a local minority organisation held demonstrations and announced a day-long district bandh tomorrow to protest against the incident.

Addressing a press conference at a hotel in Cheanni along with the dissidents, the former Chief Minister alleged that the ruling BJP was misusing government machinery as well as the Speaker�s chair to win the trial of strength on the floor of the Assembly.

�Our first priority is to remove this bad government and we (opposition) are going to unitedly do that...We are confident that we will defeat the confidence vote,� he said.

Responding to reporters� queries on forming government in the event of BJP losing the vote tomorrow, he said that was not the issue now. �The future course of action in this regard will be charted out later,� he said.

�We are all united. Now the Karnataka political situation is totally under control. To change the corrupt government, all the MLAs are united,� said Kumaraswamy who arrived in Chennai late last night along with the 11 dissident BJP MLAs from Goa.

Meanwhile, BJP�s state unit President K S Eshwarappa played a recorded telephonic conversation, purportedly between JDS leader H D Kumaraswamy and BJP�s M P Appachu Ranjan, in which the former Chief Minister allegedly tries to persuade the legislator to abstain from voting during the trust vote, and in return promises to do a lot for his constituency.

Eshwarappa warned the dissident MLAs that if they went ahead with voting against the Yeddyurappa government, they would become �politically irrelevant�. He cited the political fate of some of the then legislators who resorted to similiar steps in 1999.

�They should not betray their constituency and the party which got them elected,� he said, adding �We have the majority, and we will prove it.�

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