Shillong, Aug. 7: An assistant commandant of the 3rd Meghalaya Police battalion, B. Lakiang, faced disciplinary action after intruding into Bangladeshi territory last evening, allegedly in an inebriated condition.
Meghalaya director general of police, B.K. Dey Sawian, who is in Delhi on official business, told The Telegraph today that action would be taken against the official if found guilty.
The Meghalaya inspector-general (in-charge) of armed police, B.L. Buam, said he had conducted a preliminary inquiry into the incident.
“About 5.15pm yesterday, Lakiang, who was in uniform and probably in an inebriated condition, went in a Maruti Gypsy with a driver and two armed escorts towards the BDR immigration checkpoint after crossing the border,” Buam said.
Before crossing the border, he had completed his duty of checking the police platoon deployed in Dawki. He later said he wanted to “have a look at the beautiful plains” of Bangladesh.
“Despite repeated objections by police personnel, BSF jawans at the border and customs officials at the land customs station at Tamabil in Dawki, Lakiang drove into Bangladesh,” Buam said.
Two Khasi businesswomen who were at the immigration checkpoint in Bangladesh came to Lakiang’s rescue after Bangladesh Rifles personnel accosted him.
Dolly Khonglah, one of the two women, said the BDR men wondered how a Meghalaya police official in uniform could cross over without any passport and prior information.
The relations between the BSF and the BDR have improved at present, so the police official was not harmed by the BDR, Khonglah said.
Lakiang first crossed the Meghalaya border manned by the BSF, then the state’s customs immigration checkpoint and again the BDR checkgate to reach the immigration point manned by the BDR.
Admitting that the police official was apparently inebriated, Buam said, “As no medical examination was conducted, this is only based on the circumstantial evidence.”
Buam said Lakiang did not have any proper answer as to why he had ventured into Bangladesh. “The official’s justification that he just wanted to have a look at Bangladesh is not convincing,” he said. It appears that the official took advantage of his rank, Buam added.