The Assam authorities on Tuesday submitted to the Gauhati Excessive Court docket an in depth affidavit on police encounters, stating that 28 folks have been killed and 73 others injured in police motion between Might 2021 and January 2022.
Based on the federal government, the incidents befell throughout 27 districts within the state between Might 10 final yr (when Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma took workplace) and January 28. The Sarma-led BJP authorities has been below fireplace for elevated police motion on alleged criminals.
Listening to a public-interest petition on the police encounters filed by advocate Arif Jwadder, the court docket on January 11 requested the federal government to file particulars of the police actions. On January 25, the court docket granted the federal government ten extra days after it didn’t submit an affidavit.
Within the affidavit, Ashim Kumar Bhattacharyya, a further secretary on the residence division, mentioned “the due strategy of regulation and the process established by regulation, together with the rules issued by the Nationwide Human Rights Fee, are being complied with by the district police”. It additionally added that FIRs had been registered in “each case” and investigation was being carried out to take the circumstances to their “logical conclusion”. The doc additionally offered district-wise particulars of the encounters.
The affidavit was filed on the identical day the federal government requested the director basic of police to droop a police official in reference to the capturing of Kirti Kamal Bora, a former scholar chief, in Nagaon final month. Bora’s harm had created a furore within the state, after which Sarma instituted a one-man inquiry fee, headed by Extra Chief Secretary Pawan Borthakur, to probe the matter.
Sarma’s authorities, “which has a zero tolerance coverage towards crimes”, has been more and more criticised for being “set off completely satisfied”. The folks injured or killed in alleged makes an attempt to flee had been held for crimes reminiscent of cattle-smuggling, rape, homicide, drug-peddling in addition to militancy.
As the Indian Express reported in July, 4 of these injured and one who died have been all shot within the leg. The identical month, Sarma mentioned at a convention attended by law enforcement officials that there was nothing unsuitable if police firing at a goal “attempting to flee” turned “a sample”. “Police can’t shoot him within the chest, however capturing on the leg is (allowed in) the regulation,” he mentioned.
The court docket will subsequent hear the case on Thursday.