Two AASU Leaders had Stopped a Vehicle Carrying Fish
Though it has been an open secret that traders, especially fish, onion, potato, are often extorted by student and youth bodies and other organisations, now two All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) leaders were arrested for allegedly trying to extort money from a fish dealer at Namrup in upper Assam’ Dibrugarh on Sunday.
The arrested student leaders have been identified as Satyaprotim Rajput and Manasjyoti Changmai.
Satyaprotim is the AASU president in charge of Namrup while Manasjyoti is the education secretary of Dibrugarh, AASU.
According to sources, earlier in some other police case Manasjyoti Changmai was sent to jail for a period of three months. He was later suspended from AASU.
It has been alleged that the AASU members demanded Rs 30,000 from the vehicle which was carrying fish in Namrup. They detained the vehicle from 9 am to 3.30 pm.
“The AASU members demanded Rs 30,000 from the fish owner but when he refused to pay, they detained his vehicle for several hours. As a result, the fish got spoiled. The fish owner incurred heavy losses due to that,” a police official said.
Talking to media persons, Namrup DSP Naba Kumar Borah said, “We have received a complaint from one fish owner that two AASU leaders demanded Rs 30,000 from him. The complainant gave the audio recording where the full conservation between the AASU leaders and the fish owner was recorded. After that, a case was registered at Namrup police station, and based on the complaint we have arrested both the leaders,”.
As said in the beginning, this was not the first instance that AASU leaders demanded money from business men. Earlier, many such instances were reported from various places of Upper Assam.