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Kurmi to give statement to cops

Jorhat, Sept. 4: Rupjyoti Kurmi, the Congress MLA from Mariani, today said he would go to Mariani police station on September 25 to give his statement in the case in which he and his former personal security officer Dipu Saikia have been accused of assaulting a police truck driver on the night of August 20.

The police have served a notice under Section 41 (A) of the CrPC to the legislator to come to the police station on September 25 to record his statement. Any notice issued by a police officer to a person under the section is a notice-cum-order and failure to comply with it can lead to arrest.

The police had to issue notice to the legislator to appear at the police station as several attempts to contact him earlier failed just after the case against him was registered.

For many days in recent times his mobile phone was switched off. A senior district police officer had told reporters on August 23 in the presence of Assam parliamentary secretary for home Atuwa Munda here that Kurmi could not be traced with police trying to contact him to get his statement recorded.

The police had kept Saikia (co-accused in the case), at the police reserve in Borbheta here after taking his statement.

Kurmi told The Telegraph today that he had received the notice from the police asking him to come to Mariani police station on September 25 to give his statement as part of the investigation.

He said he would go to the police station on that day and give his statement to the police. “I shall visit the police station and fully cooperate with the police in the probe.”

Denying allegations that he had beaten up police truck driver Kamal Mohan on the night of August 20, Kurmi said he was ready to cooperate with the police in whatever way possible as there was nothing to hide and he was innocent.

Stating that he was being framed as part of a conspiracy by “some elements” in the police force — he had been very vocal against the police in recent times — the MLA said he had demanded action against police personnel involved in the killing of school student Sujit Nayak and injuring another student Rajib Nayak on the night of August 18 at Hemlai division of Boisahabi tea estate under Mariani constituency.

He said he had also criticised the police for not arresting the CRPF man who had reportedly manhandled him in May this year at Mariani town and highlighted police failure to provide protection to border residents. On June 3 a garden worker of Naginijan tea estate was killed in firing by suspected Naga militants from across the boundary.

Kurmi said he had written to chief minister Tarun Gogoi and Speaker Pranab Gogoi, seeking an impartial probe as he felt that a conspiracy against him was on to falsely implicate him to damage his political career.

This recent controversy involving Kurmi, who had been very vocal against the chief minister, had kicked off a political storm in Dispur with members from the anti-Gogoi camp issuing threats to quit their seats if Kurmi was arrested.

A case (No. 159/13) was registered at Mariani police station on the basis of an FIR lodged by the driver (constable) Kamal Mohan, who alleged that Kurmi and his PSO had beaten him up late on August 20 night near Kathanibari tea estate on the Jorhat-Mariani road.

The accused were booked under Sections 341 (wrongful restraint), 294 (obscene act in a public place), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from duty) and 34 (common intention) of the IPC. Section 332 is non-bailable.

Another case (No. 160/13) was registered at the same police station after Kurmi lodged a counter FIR, alleging that there was a conspiracy to kill him and sought a probe.


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