MANGALDAI, Jan 11 - The situation in Dhula in Darrang district is limping back to normalcy and no fresh incident of violence has been reported till the filing of this report. The curfew imposed on Wednesday was relaxed for three hours in the afternoon today.
PWD Minister Parimal Suklavaidya and PHE Minister Rihan Daimary visited the family members of both the victims – Moidul Islam at village Gorapori and Hasen Ali at village Atakata – late in the afternoon and announced an ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh each to the next of kin to the victims.
The body of Hasen Ali after post-mortem carried out in GMCH on Thursday was handed over to the family at around 4:30 pm in the presence of both the ministers, MLAs Gurujyoti Das and Aminul Islam, ADGP Mukesh Agarwala, Darrang DC Ashok Kr Barman and other senior officials of the administration. The local public refused to accept the body without announcement of an ex gratia.
Earlier on the day, a team of Congress legislators led by Rakibul Hussain submitted a memorandum to Darrang deputy commissioner at his office demanding necessary compensation to the victims and a judicial inquiry into the incident.
Meanwhile, the suspended officer in-charge of Dhula police station, Ranjit Hazarika has been arrested and the court today sent him to judicial custody. The additional district magistrate Narnarayan Nath, who has been directed to conduct an in inquiry by the Darrang district magistrate, has started the process and has issued a notification for recording hearing of the witnesses from Friday onwards.