GUWAHATI, Oct 22 – The death of auto-rickshaw operator Brajen Rajbongshi should not be allowed to go waste. He should be accorded the honour of a martyr and the society should rally behind his family so that the members of the family can lead a dignified life.
This was the observation of the people talked to by this newspaper on the issue. Brajen Rajbongshi (40) embraced death while trying to resist some chain-snatchers in the Chatribari area of the city on October 19. He was stabbed to death by the criminals involved in the case.
Rajbongshi leaves behind his widowed wife, three daughters and a five-month-old son. His family is living in a rented house in the Chatribari-Krishnanagar locality. The family hails from Nalbari.
“The auto-rickshaw operator had to sacrifice his life to uphold the ideals of humanism. Society at large is to gird up its loins to react to the inhuman acts in a manner prescribed by the untimely death of this commendable auto-rickshaw operator,” said noted scholar and former Vice-Chancellor of Gauhati University (GU) Prof Deba Prasad Borooah.
Former MLA Ajay Dutta described Rajbongshi as a real hero and said that the society should recognise his valour and stand by the family. The Government should also come forward with generous help. The city puja committees should extend full support to his family, which will be a befitting obeisance to Goddess Durga.
Lambasting the delay in nabbing the culprits, Dutta said that the culprits involved in the incident should be nabbed without further delay and they should be given exemplary punishment.
Noted writer Kumudeswar Hazarika also echoed the opinion expressed by Dutta.
Noted social worker Benudhar Barua said that the society should come forward to extend all possible help to the bereaved members of his family. He also requested the Government to extend help to the family in a generous manner. For, he said, people like Rajbongshi should be given the hero’s honour so that others are also encouraged to emulate his ideals.
Save Guwahati Build Guwahati (SGBG) general secretary Satyen Doloi said that the members of the society should not turn a blind eye to what has happened to Brajen Rajbongshi and his family.
Rajbongshi should be accorded the status of a martyr and the society should come forward unitedly against all the evils for which Rajbongshi has made the supreme sacrifice.
To resist all sorts of crimes, the bond of unity among the people needs to be strengthened and they should remain alert and organised in their localities to offer effective resistance to criminal activities, the SGBG general secretary said.