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Phukan’s disappearance could be a case of secret killing: Tarun Gogoi
Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, July 13 - Accusing the State government of all-round failure on the law-and-order front, former chief minister Tarun Gogoi today said incidents of mob violence, lynching and crime against women have witnessed exponential rise in recent times.

Addressing the media here, Gogoi pointed to the Rebati Phukan missing case and said the government has not been able to offer any explanation in this regard so far.

He added that the Assam Police, CID and central agencies like RAW and Intelligence Bureau (IB) have also not been able to provide any clues regarding what happened to Phukan.

Expressing fear that all may not be well with Phukan, the former chief minister demanded that the inquiry into Phukan’s disappearance case be handed over to the CBI. “It is a case of total failure of the government and the security agencies,” said Gogoi, and hinted that it could well be a case of ‘secret killing’.

Gogoi also highlighted the killing of two women on trains in separate incidents earlier this week and said crimes against women are on the rise in Assam.

“The government has shown no seriousness to deal with incidents of crime. Mob violence, lynching, crime against women and recruitment by militant groups is on the rise. The State government has totally failed in maintaining law and order in the State,” said Gogoi.

He said officials do not even bother to follow orders issued by the Chief Minister and added that at times the instructions given by Sarbananda Sonowal are illogical. “Can the National Highway be repaired in 30 hours? Are such type of orders not illogical and impractical?” questioned Gogoi.

He also alleged that the policies pursued by the BJP have led to division between the Brahmaputra and Barak valleys.

“Even somebody like Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has understood the problem of Assam and come out against the Citizenship Bill. But our own ‘Jatiya Nayak’ is mum. Sonowal is maintaining silence on the issue for the sake of power,” Gogoi said.

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