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Chirang cop faces FIR heat on firing

- Bodo organisations take up cudgels in Assam ‘fake encounter’ case, CM assures fair probe
People take part in a candlelit vigil at Salbari in Chirang district. File picture

Bongaigaon, Dec. 14: Two complaints were filed separately by a group of six Bodo organisations and residents of Raidangbari today with Runikhata police station against the alleged fake encounter in Chirang district.

The encounter on Wednesday claimed the lives of two students and critically injured another.

Tenth Duar Anchalik unit of Absu, All-Bodo Women’s Welfare Federation, Runikhata primary unit of Tribal Sangha, Chirang Duar block unit of the BPF, Chirang district unit of the BPPF and Runikhata primary unit of Bodo Sahitya Sabha jointly filed a complaint at Runikhata police station against officer-in-charge Uttam Kumar Brahma as an accused in the alleged fake encounter. Residents of Raidangbari, led by village headman Khargeswar Narzary, also lodged a complaint on the fake encounter with Runikhata police station seeking punitive action against the accused.

The police had accepted the two complaints and amalgamated those with previous reports (registered under case no. 30/2013) filed by the victims’ families on the same incident on December 11, Brahma said. He said the army had also filed a report against the victims at the police station on December 11 (registered under case no. 28/2013).

Following the encounter, locals attacked Runikhata police station and set fire to four motorcycles and five bicycles. The police had registered a case (no. 29/2013) against the mob in this connection, Brahma said. The victims’ families had filed another case in Gauhati High Court yesterday on the alleged fake encounter seeking justice for the victims and punishment to the accused officers of the security forces, Raidangbari village head Khargeswar Narzary told this correspondent.

Police sources said some top army and police officers of Chirang district are disturbed by the recent announcement of probes by different authorities into the encounter and they have lost the zest to act against militants who have been killing innocent people in the district. Chief minister Tarun Gogoi today said his government had taken up the alleged fake encounter issue very seriously and was conducting a high-level inquiry to verify the police claim that the deceased school students were actually members of Songbijit faction of NDFB.

The government is currently conducting an additional chief secretary-level probe into the controversial encounter which claimed two lives.

“We will not spare anyone if he or she was found involved in the fake encounter. If necessary, we will conduct a judicial inquiry to find out the real culprits. In the name of containing insurgency, my government will not allow fake encounters in the state. Unlike the AGP and the BJP, the Congress cannot involve itself in secret killings and fake encounters,” Gogoi said.

Absu has welcomed the move taken by the Assam Human Rights Commission on fake encounters.

Additional reporting by Daulat Rahman in Guwahati