|Compensation to Arnamai Borah’s kin too little too late: Upamanyu |
GUWAHATI, Sept 18 - Alleging that the government compensation for the late Arnamai Borah is too little too late, senior advocate and Prabrajan Virodhi Manch convener Upamanyu Hazarika today said that politicians of Assam remember the indigenous people only in the time of elections.
“The State government today announced compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the family of Late Arnamai Borah. She was murdered on May 31, 2017, in Jamunamukh, where she was serving as headmistress of a government lower primary school. The government suddenly woke up after more than three years of her murder, apprehending the loss of indigenous support ahead of the ensuing Assembly elections,” Hazarika stated.
Drawing a parallel between the government’s attitude towards two different murder cases in Assam, Hazarika alleged that indigenous people always find their place at the bottom of the government’s priority list.
“The two cases of Late Borah and Late Lafikul Islam, president of ABMSU, who also was killed around the same time, prove the government’s apathetic attitude. Upon Islam’s death, three Cabinet Ministers and senior government and police officials went to his house the very next day and offered compensation of Rs 10 lakh and government jobs to members of his family. On the other hand, in the case of Arnamai Borah, who was a government employee, her daughter’s application for a government job was rejected,” he alleged.