| BJP activists stage a protest in Guwahati on Monday. Picture by UB Photos |
June 9: Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi today asked additional chief secretary Subhash Das to conduct an inquiry into the circumstances leading to the death of Hamren superintendent of police Nityananda Goswami and his PSO Ratul Nunisa in an encounter with militants at Rangphu village on Thursday night.
An official order to this effect was issued today. The chief minister had announced on Saturday that a probe would be conducted after Goswami’s family suspected foul play in his death.
Dispur has asked Das to probe the case because he is familiar with the workings of the police department.
“He was part of the state home department as principal secretary not so long ago and is known for his promptness and decisiveness in dealing with official issues,” one of his colleagues said.
Assam police had also ordered an internal probe into Goswami’s death yesterday, which will be conducted by additional director-general of Assam police (training and armed police) Jyotirmoy Chakravarty.
Gogoi said an investigation would also be conducted into the allegations that police officials have to pay bribes to get plum postings.
“There will also be a probe to find out if such unfair and corrupt practices are taking place. If it is found to be true, stern action will be taken against the guilty,” a statement issued by the chief minister’s office today said. The police today exchanged fire with a group of about five militants, believed to be involved in the killing of Goswami, at Baithalangsu in Karbi Anglong district.
There was, however, no report of any casualty.
Additional director-general of police (law and order) A.P. Raut said an AK-47 rifle was recovered from the encounter site but the militants managed to escape. He said operations are on to apprehend the group. The police suspect that the group of militants involved in the killing of the SP and his PSO had split into smaller groups and some of them may have even fled to neighbouring Meghalaya.
Raut said villagers had told the police that a group of 15-20 militants was involved in Thursday’s encounter. He said the Assam police would take help from Meghalaya police to track down the militants.
The Assam unit of the BJP staged protests in all the district headquarters against the “deteriorating” law and order in the state and demanded the Centre’s intervention. They also condemned the killing of Goswami and Nunisa.
The party’s district units submitted memoranda to Prime Minister Narendra Modi through deputy commissioners, urging him to issue strict instructions to the Assam government to ensure the safety and security of people and their properties.
In Dhemaji in Upper Assam, nearly 500 BJP workers sat on a protest in front of the deputy commissioner’s office from 11am till 2pm. They demanded resignation of the chief minister, who is also in charge of the home department, for the deteriorating law and order situation in the state.