Criminals Attack Police Stations To Burn Records, Says Assam DGP After Being Burned On Custodian Death Charges -By ASC

Three policemen were injured in the violence at the police station


The mob attack on a police station in Assam yesterday, charged with deaths in custody, was not a “retaliatory incident” but was carried out by criminals to destroy case records, Bhaskar state police chief Jyoti Mahanta said today.

The police chief’s statement was made a day after a mob set fire to the Batadrava Police Station in Nagaon district. Those in the group claimed that police officers killed Safikul Islam, a 39 -year -old fishmonger, after he failed to pay a bribe.

Three policemen were injured in the violence. 21 people have been arrested so far in connection.

In a social media post, Mr Mahanta said Islam was taken to the police station after police received complaints of people drinking alcohol.

“He was actually lying on a public road before being brought in. He was booked after a medical check -up. The next day he was released and handed over to his wife. His wife also gave him some water/food. Then he complained of pain and he was taken to two hospitals, one after another. Unfortunately. he was pronounced dead, “wrote Mr Mahanta.

He stressed that Assam police took the death “very seriously” and had suspended the officer in charge at the police station. “If there is any dishonesty on our part, we mean to find out the matter and punish those who are guilty according to the law. There are no two ways about it,” he said.

The state police chief then spoke about the attack on the police station. “Some local evil elements take the law into their own hands and burn thana. These evil elements come in all forms of women, men, young and old. But their readiness comes, the violent & organized attacks they are carrying out against the police force have makes us think deeper, “he said.

“We don’t think these people are the grieving relatives of the deceased, but as we have identified, they are evil characters and their relatives with criminal records- RECORDS that are in thana. Evidence, increasing evidence-all burned,” the police chief wrote, adding, “So don’t think this is an incident of simple actions. There’s a lot more to it.”

He then assured the people of the state that although no found guilty policemen would be rescued, the team would crack down on elements “who think they can escape the Indian justice system by burning the Police Station”.


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