AIUDF leader shot dead in Barpeta

Barpeta (Assam): All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) leader Muzaffar Ali was shot dead by unidentified miscreants in Assam's Barpeta district on Wednesday, police said.

Ali, who was the President of Sikni Gaon Panchayat, was shot dead by four youths at Bamuntari under Kalgachia police outpost while he was on his way to the Panchayat office on his motorcycle.

Police suspect that the killing was the handiwork of his political rivals.

The AIUDF, led by perfume baron Badruddin Ajmal, had contested the last Lok Sabha elections and won one seat.

One of the assailants, identified as Kader Ali, was captured by local residents and severely beaten up while the others managed to escape.

Meanwhile, the AIUDF has called a 10-hour bandh in Barpeta district tomorrow to protest against the killing.

3 youths injured in police firing

Three youths, including a girl who was being abducted, were injured when police opened fire to stop the vehicle at Sonapur near Guwahati today, police said.

A group of five youths led by one Santosh Jaiswal abducted a young girl from Ulubari and were on their way to Nagaon when the police intercepted the vehicle at Sonapur.

The driver did not stop the vehicle and the police opened fire in which Jaiswal, the driver and the girl were injured and admitted to the Guwahati Medical College Hospital.

The three other persons travelling in the vehicle were also taken into custody.

Jaiswal wanted to marry the girl but she had refused with the former threatening to either abduct or kill her, the girl's family members alleged.

PWD staff stabbed to death

A Public Works Department (PWD) employee was stabbed to death in Assam's Nalbari district this evening, police said.

The employee, Rafiq Ahmed, was on his way back home from office when he was attacked by two unidentified miscreants near the Civil Hospital here.

Ahmed, who was critically injured, was declared dead in the hospital.

Personal enmity was suspected to be the cause behind the killing.

Bureau Report