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Top cop suspended over Hamren

Nagaon, June 24: Dispur today suspended Hamren additional superintendent of police Bedanta Prasad Borkotoky on charges of negligence of duty.

Borkotoky was among the 17-member team led by superintendent of police Nityananda Goswami, who participated in an operation against the UPLA on June 5.

Hamren is a district in Karbi Anglong in Assam.

ASP Borkotoky was intimated by the SP-led group immediately from Goswami’s mobile phone, about an ambush after the operation was launched. Borkotoky allegedly did not take any step to intimate the matter to the authorities concerned, neither did he take the responsibility of going ahead to help Goswami where he possibly trapped.

A day after Goswami’s killing, the family of the police officer alleged that the SP had died because of Borkotoky’s negligence and demanded an inquiry into the incident.

“We had heard that Borkotoky had refused to go when they found that their SP and his PSO had not returned even five hours after the telephonic message came to ASP Borkotoky’s mobile phone,” a source in Goswami’s family said.

The police caught 10 UPLA cadres two days after the ambush and their confession brought to light facts related to the episode. Hamren police, however, refused to divulge more about the confessions of the arrested cadres for the sake of the investigation.