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Police order internal probe

Health and education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma visits the family of Ratul Nunisa at Tumprang on Sunday. Picture by UB Photos

Guwahati, June 8: Additional director-general of Assam police (training and armed police) Jyotirmoy Chakravarty will carry out a fact-finding probe into the circumstances in which Hamren superintendent of police Nityananda Goswami and his proximate security officer (PSO) Ratul Nunisa were killed by militants on Thursday night.

“Our DGP Khagen Sarma has deputed Chakravarty on a fact-finding mission. He will submit his report within two days,” home commissioner G.D. Tripathy told this correspondent here today.

The internal inquiry order of police comes a day after Goswami’s family suspected foul play in his death and even accused his colleagues of being part of a conspiracy to hand him over to militants.

They questioned why 16 other policemen, including Hamren additional superintendent of police, Bedanta Borkakoti who had gone inside the forests of Hamren with Goswami in three separate groups, left the two behind and escaped. The family had also demanded a CBI probe into the incident.

Chief minister Tarun Gogoi who faced tough questions from Goswami’s family yesterday, had issued orders to suspend four PSOs for fleeing from the encounter spot and neglecting their duties.

Sources said Chakravarty would visit the spot, about 270km from here, tomorrow to take stock of the situation in which Goswami decided for the operation without adequate manpower and examine the role of his colleagues during the encounter.

“All the charges and allegations of the family will be kept in mind while carrying out the inquiry. Action will be taken based on findings of the report,” the source said.

Goswami and Nunisa were reported missing on Thursday afternoon and their bodies were found by a police team the next morning. Sources said Goswami had launched the operation based on information that a group of United People’s Liberation Army was taking shelter inside the jungles but the police squad ran into an ambush suspected to have been laid by cadres of the Karbi People’s Liberation Tigers (KPLT), another militant group.

The Union home ministry yesterday agreed to deploy five companies of CoBRA units of the CRPF and extended deployment of additional 36 companies of Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) by another three months. The additional companies were slated for withdrawal from the BTAD on June 11.

The police are planning an operation against both the militant groups in Karbi Anglong.