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KMSS challenges verdict

- Samiti to file fresh plea in GS Road molestation case

Guwahati, Dec. 13: The KMSS today challenged the CJM court’s verdict as well as police probe in the infamous GS Road molestation case.

The Samiti said it would move Gauhati High Court and file a PIL with a plea of fresh trial and CBI inquiry into the alleged faulty police probe into the molestation case.

The 150-day investigation and trial of the infamous GS Road molestation case ended on December 7 with the trial court convicting the prime accused, Amarjyoti Kalita, and 10 others on four counts, including outraging the modesty of a woman.

Chief judicial magistrate (CJM), Kamrup, Siddhartha Pratim Moitra acquitted four others, including TV reporter Gaurav Jyoti Neog, giving them the benefit of doubt.

The convicted were given rigorous jail term for two years. The CJM, in his order, said, “The defence tried to damage or destroys her (the victim’s) evidence, by way of character assassination, but I like to discard the same not being relevant to the facts of the present case.”

Besides Kalita, the other convicted are Dipak Deb, Rubul Ali, Sikandar Basfor, Nabajyoti Baruah, Debo Das, Rup Kanta Kalita, Ghanashyam Mallik, Puspendra Das, Nabajyoti Deka and Dhanraj Basfor while those acquitted included Hafijuddin, Jitumoni Deka and Diganta Basumatary.

“The victim girl during her statement recorded in the court and identification parade conducted at Guwahati Central Jail identified reporter Gaurav Jyoti Neog and stated that he was involved in the entire incident. I, on behalf of KMSS, handed over the CD, which showed Neog’s involvement in the incident to the Assam police chief. But the public prosecutor in the case despite assurances did not make me as one of the witnesses,” KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi told reporters.

Gogoi alleged that he was not made a witness by the public prosecutor intentionally to save Neog.

“The police investigation into the case was poor and faulty. The CJM in his verdict himself stated that the investigating officers could have been more professional in the work. We have strong reasons to believe that many senior Assam police officials who are very close with one of the influential young ministers in Dispur acted in a partisan manner and helped save Gaurav,” he said.

Gogoi said the KMSS would make an appeal in the high court to order a CBI inquiry into “faulty” police probe.