TINSUKIA, Nov 16 - Abhijit Paul, a 60-year-old artisan from Digboi, was killed and two other persons were injured in a firing incident on the Pengeree-Digboi Road near Pengeree reserve forest around 8:30 am today.
According to information, unidentified miscreants hiding in the forest fired on a truck belonging to Pengeree Tea Estate which was coming to Digboi for collecting money from bank for payment of labour wages. The miscreants fled the scene immediately after the incident. Security forces have launched an operation to nab the culprits.
Paul, who was hit by bullets, was visiting Pengeree to collect money against his supply of Puja idols to the tea garden and was returning home in the truck. The injured persons are Wilson Bag, driver of the truck and Niten Ch Singh, a security guard of the tea garden provided by the Assam Industrial Security Force. They have been referred to Assam Medical College Hospital (AMCH) in Dibrugarh from Digboi IOC Hospital in serious condition.
Meanwhile, condemning the incident, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal announced an ex gratia payment of Rs 5 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased and directed the Tinsukia district administration as well as the AMCH authorities to ensure the best treatment to the injured.
The Chief Minister has directed Industry Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary to visit the spot and take stock of the situation, an official release in Guwahati said. Sonowal also directed Director General of Police Mukesh Sahay to institute an inquiry into the incident and arrest the culprits at the earliest.