Jorhat, Aug. 23: Mariani Congress legislator Rupjyoti Kurmi remains untraceable since he was booked for assaulting a policeman, the police said today, as a cornered Assam parliamentary secretary, home, Atuwa Munda, asserted that law would take its own course.
Jorhat superintendent of police Sanjukta Parasor told reporters here today that the police were searching for Kurmi since the past two days to record his statement as part of the investigation in two police cases but had been unable to trace him.
“We have sent teams to his residence here but have not found him. His mobile phone is switched off,” Parasor said, adding that efforts were on to contact him.
Kurmi is a co-accused along with his PSO Dipu Saikia (now in Police Reserve) in case number 159 registered at Mariani police station on the basis of an FIR lodged by police driver, constable Kamal Mohan.
Mohan had alleged that the MLA and his ex-PSO had beaten him up near Kathanibari tea estate on the Jorhat-Mariani road on August 20. Mohan is undergoing treatment at Jorhat Medical College and Hospital. The accused have been booked under Sections 341, 294, 332 and 34 of the IPC. Section 332 is non-bailable.
Denying the charges, Kurmi had also lodged an FIR with the police, accusing Mohan of misbehaviour and rash driving as a result of which he narrowly escaped an accident. A case (No. 160) under Sections 279 and 294 was registered at Mariani police station.
Munda told reporters that nobody was above the law, which would take its own course. He said the police were investigating and if the legislator was found involved in the crime, appropriate action would be taken.
He also said the Jorhat district administration had yesterday launched a special initiative to dispel rumours of pisal bhoot (slippery ghost) assaulting people at night in the district.
Several teams, comprising senior police and civil officials, will venture out to tea gardens and villages at night to prevent any kind of hysteria arising out of pisal bhoot sighting.
The move comes in the wake of Sunday’s incident near Mariani where a tea garden worker riding a bicycle claimed he was attacked by a pisal bhoot. It led to other workers assaulting two young passersby. Police resorted to firing after being attacked while trying to rescue the youths, resulting in school student Sujit Nayak’s death.
Munda also distributed cheques for Rs 5 lakh and Rs 3 lakh respectively to the families of Nayak and Sanjoy Bhumij, a worker of Naginijan tea estate, which is located near the Assam-Nagaland border in Mariani, who was killed in a firing by suspected Naga militants on June 3.