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Boro's wife files complaint against Assam CM, minister

Monday, 24 February 2014 - 8:55pm IST | Place: GUWAHATI | Agency: PTI

Purnima Boro, wife of the farmer activist Prabin Boro who immolated himself today, filed a police case against Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and Revenue Minister Prithibi Majhi.

Purnima, in her case registered at the Dispur police station, alleged that her husband had to take the extreme step due to Gogoi and Majhi's negligence in granting land ownership papers to the people living on hills in Guwahati. The police station has confirmed that the case has been registered.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi told reporters that the government will take responsibility of looking after Boro's family and give a job to his wife. However, an unrelenting Purnima said, "The Tarun Gogoi government is responsible for my husband's death. The government tortured him." 

"This morning when he set out to participate in the (KMSS) stir, my husband told me that he will die today at any cost for the interest of the public," she recalled. "I told him not to go as who would look after our three children if he died. But my husband said he has to die in the greater interest of the people to get their land deeds," she said.

Pranab Boro (45) had poured petrol on his body and set himself on fire before the state Secretariat during an agitation organised by the KMSS. Boro succumbed to 100 per cent burns this evening at the Gauhati Medical College Hospital.

Related read: KMSS calls 12-hour Guwahati bandh following activist's self immolation, vows to block Rahul Gandhi rally

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