Guwahati: On the larger canvas of violence and bloodshed, individual stories of horror and tragedy are slowly emerging as Bodoland limps back to normal. One such story belongs to Johan Murmu (26), who lost his wife in Tuesday's violence in Kokrajhar, and has since been left traumatized.The inconsolable widower has even attempted suicide. Almost everyone at Pakriguri, Johan's native village which is about 8 km away from the India-Bhutan border in Kokrajhar district, is concerned about him. Neighbours take time out of their daily schedule to look in on Johan, to console and counsel him.
Johan was in Chennai, where he works in a garment factory, when five armed militants entered his house at Pakriguri at around 5.15 pm on December 23 and killed his 20-year-old wife Sunita. Sunita and Johan had married last year. His younger brother Somai was also killed.
"Sunita and Somai were decorating their courtyard for Christmas when the rebels killed them. Johan is traumatized and is currently living with me. We are keeping an eye on him," said Enosh Tudu, Johan's relative.Johan's sister-in-law Anusthia and three-year-old nephew Bonifas are still undergoing treatment for bullet wounds.
While both government and non-governmental organizations have stepped up relief and rehabilitation work for the survivors, helping them deal with trauma and shock poses a greater challenge.