Assam: Two militants of newly formed outfit killed in Kokrajhar

"Two cadres have been declared dead after an exchange of fire between police/security forces and terrorists," Assam Police ADG tweeted.

Guwahati Sep 18 : Two suspected militants of a newly formed outfit have been killed and their camp busted by security forces in Assam’s Kokrajhar district, a top police officer said on Saturday.

Additional Director General of Assam Police GP Singh said in a tweet that a camp of United Liberation of Bodoland (ULB) at Ultapani area of Kokrajhar was busted by security forces during an operation that had commenced on Friday night.

“Two cadres have been declared dead after an exchange of fire between Police/Security forces and terrorists,” he wrote on the microblogging platform.

Singh added that two pistols and grenades were recovered from the militants.

In a video released earlier this week, a group of men announced that a new outfit by the name of United Liberation of Bodoland has been formed, and a separate state for the Bodos is their primary demand from the government.

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Burmese supari, heroin seized by Assam Police from Mizoram bus

Twenty bags of smuggled Burmese supari along with 24 grams heroin in two soap cases were found in the bus, which was coming from Vairengte in Mizoram, they said.

Guwahati: Drugs along with smuggled Burmese supari were seized by the Assam Police from a bus coming from Mizoram during checking at Lailapur border in Cachar district on Tuesday, officials said.

Twenty bags of smuggled Burmese supari along with 24 grams heroin in two soap cases were found in the bus, which was coming from Vairengte in Mizoram, they said.

The driver of the bus, identified as Lalroetuanga, was arrested, they added.

Assam Police rescues 9 girls trafficked to Kerala

The rescued girls hail from Hojai, Nagaon, Sonitpur, Morigaon and Kamrup Rural districts of Assam, while the two arrested are from Hojai and Nagaon

Guwahati: The Assam Police has rescued nine girls who were trafficked to Kerala and arrested two persons, a senior officer said on Saturday.

The survivors and the accused are being brought back to Assam, Special Director General of Police G P Singh said.

“An information was received by @Hojai_Police about an illegal human trafficking racket operating from Assam, in which several girls belonging to various districts in Assam have been trafficked to Thampanoor, Kerala,” Singh tweeted.

Based on specific inputs, a case was registered at Lanka police station in Hojai district on July 11 under several sections of the Indian Penal Code, and a team of eight police personnel left for Kerala on July 13 to rescue the victims and apprehend the accused, he said.

The girls hail from Hojai, Nagaon, Sonitpur, Morigaon and Kamrup Rural districts, while the accused are from Hojai and Nagaon, Singh added.

One more police encounter in Assam, drug peddler shot

The incident took place when the accused was taken to a char (sandbar) area for another operation against a drug smuggling racket.

Morigaon (Assam): A suspected drug peddler was injured in a police encounter in Assam’s Morigaon district after he allegedly tried to escape from custody, an official said on Friday.

Since the second BJP-led government assumed power two months ago, at least 15 suspected militants and criminals were killed and 24 others injured in police encounters across Assam as they allegedly tried to snatch service weapons or attempted to escape from custody, he said.

The drug mafia of the Moirabari area was shot by a policeman at around 1 am on Friday at Sagunbahi village when he tried to run away from custody, a senior officer said.

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The incident took place when the accused was taken to a char (sandbar) area for another operation against a drug smuggling racket, a police source said.

The suspected drug peddler involved in an inter-state racket was shot on his knees and taken to Gauhati Medical College and Hospital for treatment, the official said.

He was arrested from the neighbouring Nagaon district on July 14.

He has links with drug mafias of Nagaon, Morigaon and Karbi Anglong districts and has a connection with criminals in Dimapur of Nagaland, the police officer said.

A rising number of police encounters, which have seen several suspected insurgents and criminals being shot dead as they “tried to escape” from custody in the last two months, has whipped up a political furore in Assam.

The opposition parties alleged that the Assam Police turned “trigger happy” under the Himanta Biswa Sarma-led regime, and “open killings” by the police have been going on in the name of encounters.

Unfazed by criticism of his government over recent encounter killings, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday said the state police has “full operational liberty” to fight against the criminals within the ambit of the law.

On Wednesday, the chief minister told the House that the Assam Police will retaliate against criminals for “trying to snatch service weapons of its personnel and attacking them or escaping from their custody”. He defended the series of encounters in the last two months.

At a face-to-face meeting with officers-in-charge (OCs) of all the police stations of Assam on July 5, Sarma had said that shooting at criminals “should be the pattern” if they attempt to escape from custody or try to snatch arms from the police to open fire.

Taking suo moto cognisance, the Assam Human Rights Commission (AHRC) had on July 7 asked the state government to institute an inquiry into the circumstances that led to the death and injury of the accused in police encounters over the past two months.

Earlier, a New Delhi-based lawyer from Assam, Arif Jwadder, had filed a complaint with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) against the Assam Police for a series of encounters that have taken place since Sarma took over the charge on May 10.

Almost 30,000 posts in Assam Police lying vacant: Assam CM

In a written reply to a query by BPF MLA Durga Das Boro in Assembly, CM Himanta Biswa Sarma said 29,948 positions are lying vacant in Assam Police

Guwahati: Nearly 30,000 posts in various levels of Assam Police are lying vacant, including 15,248 vacancies since 2016, chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said in the Assembly on Monday.

In a written reply to a query by Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) MLA Durga Das Boro, Sarma said a total of 29,948 positions are lying vacant.

Out of the 15,248 posts lying vacant since 2016, 4,537 have to be filled up through promotions in future, the chief minister said.

Sarma, who also holds the Home portfolio, said 10,711 vacant posts in the police are required to be filled up through direct recruitment and steps are being taken in that direction.

In addition to these, 1,109 fourth grade and 13,591 posts in lower divisions are also lying vacant in the Assam Police, he added.

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In a discussion on the police force during the Question Hour, the chief minister said the state government has decided to raise 10 commando battalions, which will have operational jurisdiction near their camps, unlike the existing normal battalions of Assam Police.

Without giving further details, he said that the proposed commando battalions can be posted along the inter- state borders to prevent encroachment and other activities from the other sides.

Assam CM Himanta Biswa promises police reforms in state

Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday said that his government will bring a reform in the state police department, particularly at the police station level.

Addressing a conference of officer-in-charge (OCs) of police stations across the state, Sarma said citizens should feel safe with the Assam Police and not fear them.

In the first-ever conference of OCs held in the history of Assam Police, Sarma, who also holds the Home department portfolio said that he will meet the OCs every six months and work on bringing reforms. 

“The criminals should fear the police. A citizen should feel safe in the police station. The people should treat you as your friend… We have to earn a good name,” he told the OCs during the conference. 

Addressing the media after the conference, he said, “Police stations have a very important role in policing. They are at the highest level in policing… There will be zero tolerance in the crimes against women and the OCs should take strict action against the accused as prescribed in the law.”

“Strengthening law & order for safety and security of every citizen is at the core of our governance principles,” he said. 

He said the charge sheet against heinous crimes like rape, murder and case related to drugs and arms smuggling should be filed at the earliest. “When we will again meet in next six months, by then the charge sheet in heinous crimes would be filed,” he added.

Speaking on the cumbersome process in police verification for passport and job appointments, he said that the process will be eased and people will not face difficulties. “To bring people closer with the police, in terms of police verification, police report for road accident insurance claim, we have directed the OCs. We have told them the people should not face any difficulties,” he added.

Asking about the massive operation undertaken by Assam Police against drugs and cattle smuggling in recent times, he said, “We have been able to crack so many cases in last 50 days. We have almost neutralized cattle smuggling…. The police are trying to attack every element that is not authorized as per law. We are coming down [on crimes] heavily.”

However, he admitted that while performing the duty, the police personnel face some issues. “We need to wait for the budget session to get over. We can place more resources at the disposal of the Assam Police. There will be much more intensive work in the days to come,” he said. 

Answering the questions on the loopholes in the existing police system, he said, “People are the best judge. They will judge if we brought reform or not… The work police did in the last two months should be considered as the sunrise to the new policing.”

At the conference, he made several announcements for the betterment of the personnel at the police stations. He said the government would provide a four-wheeler to every officer-in-charge for their police station and bike in case the police station is located in remote areas. 

He announced that every police station will get a contingency fund of Rs 2.5 lakh per year, along with source money. In every police station, funds would be provided for building quarters for the one OCs and three sub-inspector rank officers, he said.

He said that he has advised police personnel to adopt a healthy lifestyle and deliver people friendly services. “The health department will conduct health check-ups every 15 days for police personnel,” he added.

Breaking Assam Covid doctor thrashed by locals; Police nab one

A video of the incident had gone viral in which a group of around 20 people including women were seen manhandling

GUWAHATI: Covid doctor thrashed by locals; Police nab one

A medical practitioner suffered serious injuries after he was thrashed by a group of people at the Udali Covid Care Centre (CCC) in Hojai district on Tuesday after one of their ‘relative’ died of Covid 19.

The group of people also damaged the CCC. They alleged negligence by Senapati and the medical team at the CCC for the death of one Giyasuddin.

A video of the incident had gone viral in which a group of around 20 people including women were seen manhandling Senapati and beating him with sticks and other items. They also tore his dress.

Later, police arrested one person involved in the crime. However, others were yet to be nabbed.

Assam special director general of police, GP Singh has directed the Hojai police to arrest all persons involved in the assault.

2 Arrested For Grenade Blast In Assam's Tinsukia, Police Point At ULFA Role

Twenty-five-year-old Sanjit Singh and 22-year-old Surajit Talukdar, both residents of Tingrai, were killed in the incident

Police have recovered a motorcycle from the accused, Ranjit Changmai and Hiren Gogoi

Guwahati: Two persons have been arrested in connection with the May 14 grenade blast at a market in Assam's Tinsukia district that left two persons dead.

The accused have been identified as Ranjit Changmai and Hiren Gogoi alias Munu.

The district's newly appointed Superintendent of Police Debojit Deori confirmed the arrests. "Right now, I cannot say anything about the case because our interrogation is on," he added.

Police have also recovered a motorcycle from the accused.

Two persons were killed when a grenade was thrown in front of a hardware shop at Tingrai market in Tinsukia's Digboi police station area. Two others were seriously injured in the attack by two men on a motorcycle.

Twenty-five-year-old Sanjit Singh and 22-year-old Surajit Talukdar, both residents of Tingrai, were killed in the incident.

Following the blast, Union Home Minister Amit Shah had called up Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who had assured him swift police action in the matter.

Earlier, police arrested one Dipen Saikia from Tamuli Bongaon in Digboi for alleged involvement in the blast. It is alleged that Saikia helped the bikers with the logistics.

Special DGP, Assam Police, G P Singh tweeted, "Both the accused involved in Tingrai grenade blast have been apprehended. The motorcycle used has also been recovered. @CMOfficeAssam @himantabiswa @assampolice @DGPAssamPolice Good work Team @TinsukiaPolice"

He added, "The blast was carried out at directions of Senior ULFA leaders based outside Assam."

Insurgent outfit ULFA(I), known to be active in the area, has denied its involvement in the blast.

The state government has announced a compensation of ₹ 5 lakh for the families of each of the victims. The Chief Minister visited the blast site the day after the incident and strongly condemned the act. Mr Sarma also visited the residence of Surajit Talukdar where he assured stern action against the culprits.

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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