March 30, 2023
Ex Student Leader, Facing Trial In Guwahati Terror Blast Case, Tops Exam

Sanjib Talukdar was pursuing M Phil in Botany on the time of his arrest.


A former scholar chief dealing with trial for his alleged function in an ULFA-triggered bomb blast in Guwahati has been awarded the gold medal by the Assam governor for topping his post-graduation examination, which he took from behind the bars.

Sanjib Talukdar, among the many suspects in a 2019 Guwahati blast that had left 12 injured, topped his class in Sociology through which he enrolled and accomplished his Master of Arts from Krishna Kanta Handique State Open University (KKHSOU) whereas being lodged in a jail right here.

Governor Jagdish Mukhi introduced the gold medal to the under-trial, who had scored 71 per cent marks, on the convocation in Guwahati on Thursday.

Speaking to PTI, Sanjib Talukdar’s sister Dolly mentioned, “It is a mixed feeling for us. While we are happy that he has got the gold medal, we are also sad that he is still behind the bars. We know he is innocent and have faith that justice will be done.” 

The 29-year-old is among the many accused in a May 15, 2019, blast on RG Baruah Road in Guwahati. The NIA, which is investigating the matter, in its chargesheet earlier than a particular courtroom, had charged him with conspiracy, illegal actions and offering assist and help to the principle accused within the case.

Dolly mentioned her brother, who’s the youngest of 5 siblings, was pursuing M Phil in Botany on the time of his arrest, quickly after the blast.

“He had completed the theory part of the course but could not complete his M Phil due to lack of access to laboratory facilities from the prison. We hope that he gets time to complete it once he is out,” she added.

Dolly mentioned Sanjib opted for Sociology after being imprisoned because it was a topic he was assured of pursuing even with restricted sources in jail.

His bail petition is because of be taken up by the Gauhati High Court for listening to in one other 4 months’ time and the household is hoping for a ruling of their favour. Sanjib was out on parole briefly final yr to attend Dolly’s wedding ceremony.

He was a president of the Post Graduate Students’ Union of Gauhati University, from the place he was doing his M Phil on the time of arrest, apart from being identified in literary circles for his writings and oratory expertise, Sanjib’s buddy, who wished to not be named, mentioned.

“Sanjib always excelled in whatever he undertook. The news of his suspected involvement with the ULFA came as a shocker for us. We hope justice will prevail and the truth will come out,” his buddy added.

Sanjib has additionally accomplished the course for Certificate in HIV and Family Education (CAFE) and Certificate in Human Rights (CHR), each from IGNOU.

He has appeared for Post Graduate Certificate in Geoinformatics from KKHSOU, the results of which is awaited.


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