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Assam CM orders judicial enquiry into death of minor boy

Assam CM orders judicial enquiry into death of minor boy

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Saturday ordered a judicial enquiry by a retired Guwahati High Court judge into the circumstances leading to the death of a minor boy in Hemlai Tea Estate in Jorhat district on August 18, official sources said.

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Saturday ordered a judicial enquiry by a retired Guwahati High Court judge into the circumstances leading to the death of a minor boy in Hemlai Tea Estate in Jorhat district on August 18, official sources said.

A school student was killed and 14 others, including nine policemen, were injured in a clash  which led to police firing in the air in Hemlai tea estate under Mariani police station on August 18.

A group of people had gathered following an argument between a group of Village Defence Party (VDP) patrolling personnel and some people who came in a vehicle to the tea estate. When the police was trying to resolve the issue, a policeman was attacked with an axe and the situation deteriorated further with the mob pelting stones and resorting to violence.

Police fired in the air to disperse the mob but in the ensuing melee, a 14-year old school boy was killed on the spot and two other students were critically injured along with nine policemen and three civilians.

Gogoi had earlier announced a compensation of Rs five lakh to the next of kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to the injured along with free medical treatment.

first published:August 31, 2013, 20:35 IST