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Cachar Police forces Sunodhan, Somobala Das, uproots their hunger strike; their children still missing

“I cannot leave you here to die.”  This is what a senior official from the Cachar District administration is heard saying. What follows is Cachar Police officials forcing Sunodhan and Somabala Das who sat on an indefinite hunger strike in an Ambulance. The incident took place earlier today at the foothills of Khudiram Bose’s statue in Silchar. Sunadhan and Somabala Das sat on a hunger strike for the second time yesterday. Their demand – Police must find their missing children. Tapoban Road resident, Sunadhan Das is a daily wager and his wife Somabala Das is a housewife. Their children 12-year-old Sourav Das who is a student of Adharchand High School and 5-year-old went missing on June 9, 2019.

On November 6, 2019, the Das couple announced that they have called for an indefinite hunger strike as the administration has not paid any attention to their complaints and their kids are still missing. The same evening, officials from the administration went and met the couple to seek a time period of 20 days. After assurances from the administration, the couple decided to withdraw their strike. 20 days passed and the administration could not find the siblings. Sunodhan and Somobala Das waited for a few more days and on December 30, 2019, announced that this time they will sit under the statue till death.

Last night, in the freezing cold weather the Das couple remained under the statue and today afternoon the Police officials detained them by force. As per available information, they have been sent to Silchar Civil Hospital. This detention has shocked a large section of people and they have voiced their opinion against Cachar Police’s action on social media.

Police officials detaining Sourav-Supriya's parents as they sat on Hunger Strike

It has been more than six months, Sourav and Supriya Das are missing. Their parents sat on hunger strike demanding Police to find their kids. Police detained them and sent them to Silchar Civil Hospital.Smriti Zubin Irani Dr. Rajdeep Roy Kamalakhya Dey Purkayastha Parimal Suklabaidya Prof. Jagdish Mukhi Ram Madhav Himanta Biswa Sarma Sarbananda Sonowal

Posted by My Silchar on Tuesday, December 31, 2019

 

DSP A J Baruah while speaking with our correspondent said that there are many sides of this story, He said that the police is investigating the matter. “At one stage it looked like people in the family are involved in the kidnapping. However, we do not have anything concrete to share at this stage,” said Baruah.

When asked about the detention, he said, “They were out all night in this cold weather. Today morning, we got their medical tests done and we found out that they need to undergo certain treatment. In the evening we tried to explain this to them, but they did not agree with our advice. Following which we had to force them… Both of them are under medical supervision and as per the latest information, they are doing well.”

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