Violence broke out at Sonai poll centre; Police resort to firing two injured

Silchar, April 1: In a shocking turn of events, polling process for the second phase of Assembly elections for the seven constituencies of Cachar district which started on an enthusiastic and peaceful note despite heavy rainfall in some places concluded with an alleged incident of violence as two persons were reportedly injured in a scuffle two groups at a polling station in Sonai constituency.

Sources said that the incident occurred at a voting centre located at Madhya Dhani LP School when BJP candidate from the constituency Aminul Haque Laskar allegedly manhandled a person. The politician has charged him with conducting some malpractice inside the centre.

Locals alleged that police had to exert force to disperse crowd and defuse tension among the two groups  at the 109 polling station in Sonai. Senior police officials have rushed to the spot to bring the situation under control.

In another incident at Katigorah constituency, sources said that a youth has been taken into police custody for allegedly resorting to foul means.

More details awaited. This is a developing story.

2014 killing of Assam Police top cop: NIA files chargesheet against 3 bodo terrorists

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday filed a chargesheet before the Special NIA Court here against three bodo terrorists in connection with the killing of former Additional Superintendent of Police Gulzar Hussain in 2014.


The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday filed a chargesheet before the Special NIA Court here against three bodo terrorists in connection with the killing of former Additional Superintendent of Police Gulzar Hussain in 2014. In a statement, the NIA said that the chargesheet against three accused -- namely Bishnu Narzary alias Berama, Nitul Daimary alias Naihab and Runiluish Diamary alias Monthai - has been filed under Sections 16, 18, 20 of Unlawful Activities (P) Act, Sections 34, 120B, 302, 307 and 326 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 27 of the Arms Act.

The case was initially registered at Dhekiajuli Police Station, Assam, District Sonitpur on January 28, 2014, relating to an ambush that resulted in the death of Hussain, then Additional, Superintendent of Police, Sonitpur and a civilian Anlark Basumatary, and injuries to several other police personnel. "The investigation of the case has revealed that the members of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB-S) had laid the ambush which resulted in the death of the then ASP, Sonitpur District and one civilian, besides injuring several police personnel," NIA said.


Two of the chargesheeted accused in the instant case -- Bishnu Narzary and Nitul Daimary -- have also been convicted in another case wherein Bishnu has been given the death sentence and Nitul has been sentenced to life imprisonment. "Two other NDFB cadres viz. Kham Daimary alias Lotham and Junu Basumatary alias B Sijou alias Sijou, who were involved in the crime, have been already killed in separate encounters with security forces," the NIA statement added.

Further investigation is underway. (ANI)

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Assam Pride, Dhing Express, Sprinter Hima Das appointed as new DSP

Assam pride, Dhing Express and Record Holder Sprinter Hima Das, appointed as the new Deputy Superintendent of Police, Assam on Friday.

Expressing her happiness and gratitude, Hima took to Twitter saying, “I am so happy that one of my biggest dreams came true today. I am proud to be the DSP, Assam Police. It’s an honour I will always wear with pride. I would like to thank CM Sarbananda Sonowal sir, Himanta Biswa Sarma sir, Kiren Rijiju sir for their constant support”.

In another tweet, Hima thanked her parents, coaches and fans.

On the other hand, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal tweeted saying, “A proud day for Assam. Glad to ceremonially appoint ace athlete @HimaDas8 as Dy SP in @assampolice. An honour for her achievements under the Sports Policy, the appointment will further motivate youths to pursue excellence in sports.”

Meanwhile, ADGP L&O, Assam Police, GP Singh congratulated her and tweeted, “Assam pride, Dhing Express, Reocrd holder sprinter @HimaDas8 with senior officers. Welcome once again to police family. Congratulations on appointment as Deputy Superintendent of Police in @assampolice @DGPAssamPolice.”

Born on 9 January 2000, Hima Das is an Indian sprinter from the state of Assam. She holds the current Indian national record in 400 metres with timing of 50.79 s that she clocked at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia. She is the first Indian athlete to win a gold medal in a track event at the IAAF World U20 Championships.

She was also conferred with Arjuna Award by the President of India on 25 September 2018.

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Two scribes held for maligning reputation of Assam Minister and his daughter

Two journalists of a web portal have been arrested and would be taken in custody to investigate the alleged conspiracy behind airing news of the Assam minister maligning the father-daughter relationship.

A case was registered against the Editor-in-chief and news editor- Case No 612/2021 under Section 509 IPC r/w sec 14/21 POCSO Act.

Taking to Twitter, Additional DGP (Law & Order) GP Singh said that strict action would be taken against those who tried to malign the familial bond. “People are strongly advised not to give air to such attempts since posting such pictures with malicious intention attracts provisions of POCSO Act. Assam Police would take strong action against all such attempts under stringent provisions of POCSO Act,” said GP Singh in his tweet.

Further, Puli Muchchary connected to Bodoland digital and Nang Noyonmoni Gogoi connected to Spotlight Assam, both digital platforms have been detained by police and would face lawful action. Once again, all are advised not to misuse digital/social media platforms, GP Singh informed in his tweet.

“As a man in public life and father of two daughters, I take strong exception to people maligning father-daughter bond. Society needs to wake up to such basal thought process amongst a section of people, perhaps for material gain,” Singh wrote further.

In another tweet, the ADGP said, “As a father, I am deeply saddened. As a Cop, I promise resolute action against perpetrators and conspirators.”

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Woman attacked with acid in Dibrugarh town

A 34-year old woman in Dibrugarh was allegedly attacked with acid by a miscreant near ‘Natya Mandir’ in Amlapatty area on Sunday.

Two suspects have been arrested by Dibrugarh police in connection to the matter.

Speaking to the media, a lady informed that the victim lady was on her way back home when a miscreant attacked her with acid.

As per the preliminary investigation, the miscreant allegedly fell in love with the victim lady and approached her for marriage for the last couple of years. Despite the fact that the lady was not interested in his marriage proposal, he kept on following her during her office hours, thus, harassing her in the midst of the Dibrugarh town every day.

Following the incident, she was rushed to Assam Medical College Hospital (AMCH) for better medication. She is reported to be a resident of Joypur in Naharkatia.

This is a developing story.

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Armed Robbers open fire in Cachar, 16 injured, shifted to SMCH

At least 16 people were injured in a firing incident at Burunga area in Kalain under Cachar District on Wednesday.

A gang of 20 to 25 armed robbers barged into the residence of one former Army jawan identified as Aji Uddin in the midnight hours and looted gold ornaments and cash rupees worth Rs 1 lakh (approx) at the gunpoint.

The unidentified miscreants then opened fire at the people who came to the rescue of the former army jawan.

Aji Uddin including several other local people received bullet injuries in the firing incident and was shifted to Silchar Medical College Hospital for better treatment.

 The condition of former jawan Aji Uddin was reported critical.

On the other hand, taking the opportunity of the darkness, the armed robbers managed to flee from the spot.

The incident sparked a sensation in the entire Cachar District.

Meanwhile, angry locals protested and blocked the National Highway for several hours.

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ULFA-I sets Feb 16 deadline for oil company employee hostages

The outlawed terror outfit, United Liberation Front of Asom-Independent (ULFA-I) has said it has set a deadline i.e February 16 to decide the fate of the two employees of private sector oil company it had abducted last month.

Pranab Kumar Gogoi, a drilling superintendent, and Ram Kumar, a radio operator of Delhi-based Quippo Oil and Gas Infrastructure Ltd, were kidnapped at gunpoint by ULFA (I) insurgents from the drilling site in Innao area of Arunachal Pradesh’s Changlang district on December 21 last year.

The ULFA-I, which is currently headed by its “commander-in-chief” Paresh Barua, in a statement issued to the media, said that if the drilling company “fails to take positive steps to secure the release of their employees by February 16, the outfit would take action against one of the hostages, Ram Kumar, on February 17”.

“If Quippo Oil and Gas Infrastructure Ltd fail to meet our demands, the company would not be allowed to operate in Assam and South East Asia,” it said but did not specify its demands.

Arunachal Pradesh Police chief R.P. Upadhyaya said from Itanagar that the militants had earlier demanded Rs 20 crore to release the two.

The security forces of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh are searching the location of the hostages to rescue them.

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15 suspicious persons allegedly offer Namaz at Mosque in Guwahati

Sensation gripped Guwahati City after 15 suspicious persons allegedly offered Namaz at a mosque in the Beltola area on Sunday evening.

Locals from the area apprehended nine of the group and handed them over to Basistha police, they were later released on bail in the morning hours on Monday. A case was registered in this regard by the city police.

“It’s a highly sensitive matter, but city police have let them go on bail. We are very upset with the city police’s role,” an official of the mosque committee told TIME8.

The members of the committee also claimed that locals in the mosque had found that the 15 persons were offering Namaz in different ways (not in the usual religious way) triggering suspicion. Though they immediately questioned the group and enquired about their identities, six out of them fled the spot, the report stated further.

“The people who entered the mosque claimed that they have converted to Islam about a month back. But we don’t believe their claims and suspect that it was an attempt to create disturbance in the society,” TIME8 quoted the mosque committee members.

Meanwhile, Guwahati Police Joint Commissioner Debraj Upadhyay told the media, “The incident is under investigation. How did they enter the mosque will be verified. The issue has been discussed with the mosque committee as well as the Muslim Students’ Body so as not to create any kind of unpleasant atmosphere in the society. Moreover, they were booked under sections which are bailable, and the case was registered based on an FIR, hence, they were released.”

Notably, the identities of the persons have been kept hidden due to security reasons.

Further investigation is underway.

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Section 144 of CrPC imposed in parts of Central Police District in Guwahati

The Deputy Commissioner of Police, Central Police District, Guwahati prohibits assembly of more than 5 persons, agitation, demonstration, rally, procession, Mashal procession and shouting slogans in the areas under Paltan Bazar, Pan Bazar, Latasil, Chandmari, Geetanagar, Pragjyotishpur, Noonmati and Satgaon police stations from January 21, 2021.

As per a notification, some specific and unspecified persons or groups of persons or organisations/associations are likely to disturb normal functioning of offices, movement of public and flow of traffic in parts of Central Police District, Guwahati. It is also apprehended that such groups of persons or organisations might carry out agitation/demonstrations/shouting of slogans which may cause a breach of peace and public order and may cause disturbance of peaceful movement of the citizens.

Thus, to ensure peaceful movement of public, smooth flow of traffic and normal functioning of offices, Rajveer, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Central Police District, Guwahati imposed section 144 of the CrPC.

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Minor girl allegedly gang raped, murdered on the eve of Magh Bihu in Dibrugarh

A 15-year-old girl was allegedly raped and murdered by unidentified miscreants at Nagabat village in Dibrugarh’s Tingkhang area on the eve of (Magh Bihu).

As per sources, the miscreants at first barged into the residence of an elderly woman identified as Biruja Orang and allegedly murdered her with a sharp weapon when she was asleep.

Later, they took the opportunity of the situation and allegedly gang-raped the minor girl who is reportedly the niece of the elderly woman. The notorious miscreants then killed her and threw her body in the open paddy field.

Following the murder incident, a complaint has been lodged in this regard by Assam Pradesh Kurukh (Oraoh) Sangha.

However, only one of the accused has been booked in connection to the matter so far and others are reported absconding, informed sources.

It is to be noted that none of the authorities are giving clear information about the same. On contacting an officer who denied to be mentioned, the incident was however confirmed to Midage from some reliable sources.

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