DEMOW, Aug 17: In a somber incident that occurred near Demow, Hobibul Ali (25), a resident of 2 No Masoi Gaon, lost his life after being engulfed in flames in a tanker associated with an illicit oil theft operation on July 26. Sustaining severe burns that affected 80 percent of his body, Hobibul Ali was rushed to a hospital in Guwahati on July 27. Despite medical efforts, he tragically succumbed to his injuries on August 3.
Mohammad Yasin Ali, the grieving father of Hobibul Ali, lodged an FIR at Sivasagar police station on August 6, providing an account of the events leading to his son’s untimely demise. However, the responsible parties behind the incident remain unidentified, raising concerns about the pace of the investigation.
On Thursday morning, a joint press conference was held at the Demow Inspection Bungalow (IB), organised by Asomiya Yuva Mancha, ATASU, ATTSA, and AASAA. These community organisations came together to address the urgent need for apprehending the culprits involved in the tragic event.
Jadab Gogoi, president of Asomiya Yuva Mancha (AYM), Central Committee, shed light on Hobibul Ali’s background, revealing that he worked at a welding garage near Desang Bridge. Allegations were made against Mintu Ali, the garage owner, claiming that Hobibul Ali was coerced into performing tasks beyond his capacity. Gogoi expressed concern over the perceived lack of action by the police in response to the incident.
Sumeet Kumar Handique, joint secretary of ATASU, Sivasagar district, highlighted the family’s decision to file an FIR at Sivasagar police station. However, the ongoing investigation process appears sluggish, prompting the community to demand justice for the grieving family.
Lalit Tanti, president of AASAA, Demow Regional Committee, stressed the urgency of apprehending the culprits responsible for the tragedy. Meanwhile, Mohammad Yasin Ali, Hobibul Ali’s father, appealed for a thorough investigation to uncover the truth and deliver justice for his family.
In a unified call for action, the leaders of AYM, ATASU, ATTSA, and AASAA issued an ultimatum: demanding the culprits’ arrest within 48 hours or warning of the initiation of democratic protest measures.