ABMSU members during a two hour sit-in demonstration in Kokrajhar. Image: Northeast Now
ABMSU members during a two hour sit-in demonstration in Kokrajhar. Image: Northeast Now

The All Bodoland Minority Students’ Union (ABMSU) on Wednesday staged a two-hour sit-in demonstration demanding justice for the slain ABMSU leader Lafiqul Islam and several other issues.

The demonstration was staged at the children park near Kokrajhar Deputy Commissioner (DC) office.

Around a hundred members of the student body took part in the demonstration and displayed placards, banners and raised slogans.

Talking to reporters, ABMSU president Md Ashraful Islam Sheik slammed the government for not being able to arrest the culprits involved in the killing of Lafikul.

The union also voiced its strong opinion on the High Court judgement on eviction of non-tribals from the tribal belts and blocks.

The union also slammed the government for passing CAA and raised slogans against it too.

The former ABMSU president Lafiqul Islam Ahmed was shot dead by unidentified gunmen on August 1, 2017, in Kokrajhar.

He was a fierce critic of the BJP-led state government’s anti-Muslim policies and interventions.

Islam was vocal against the forceful eviction of Muslims from government land across the state and demanded compensation and rehabilitation of internally displaced persons (IDPs) induced by erosion.

He was also one of the leaders who organised state-wide protests and demonstrations against the killing of Yaqub Ali in police firing in Goalpara district on June 30, 2017.

He was also a part of a protest march against the arbitrary harassment of Muslims in the name of doubtful or D-voters.

Rinoy Basumatary

Rinoy Basumatary is Northeast Now Correspondent in Kokrajhar. He can be reached at: rinoymasscom@gmail.com