At the same time as Chief of Opposition in state Meeting, Debabrata Saikia, on Tuesday wrote to Assam Human Rights Fee (AHRC) and requested the rights panel to make sure that the state authorities is made answerable on rising police encounters within the state, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma mentioned “motion on criminals will proceed” so long as he’s the chief minister.

At the very least 30 individuals have been killed and greater than 60 injured in police motion since Sarma assumed workplace in Might final 12 months, the atest being the taking pictures of former scholar chief, Kirti Kamal Bora, on Saturday night throughout an anti-drugs operation in Nagaon.

Citing Bora’s damage, Saikia said in his letter to AHRC that the developments are “very unlucky” and has weakened the judicial system.

Citing particular incidents, Saikia wrote {that a} majority of these killed in police encounters belonged to ethnic and non secular minorities — he talked about that 14 of these killed belonged to the Muslim group, and 10 got here from Bodo, Dimasa and Kuki tribes. “Assam has a historical past of secret killings, which scarred the society and related issues seem like occurring now,” he wrote.

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Saikia said that the present apply of “taking pictures an accused even earlier than his crime” might change into counter-productive and go in opposition to public curiosity.

Taking over the Opposition, Sarma mentioned that is the primary time he had seen a political social gathering “supporting gundas and criminals”. He mentioned: “As an alternative of defending the drug mafia, the Congress ought to communicate for a lot of households destroyed by the mafia. If somebody is caught with 3 kg heroin, are we presupposed to felicitate them with a gamosa (towel) in Congress workplace?”

On Tuesday, an encounter befell in Kokrajhar district, when a suspected drug peddler was shot at as he allegedly tried to flee custody. He’s at the moment in hospital.

Earlier within the day, the state authorities did not file an affidavit on the police encounters, as ordered by Gauhati Excessive Court docket on January 11. The state’s Advocate Common, Devajit Lon Saikia, sought extension of 10 days to file the affidavit. The court docket, which was listening to a PIL filed by advocate Arif Jwadder on the encounters, granted extension “within the curiosity of justice”.

The court docket will subsequent hear the case on February 8.

“That is the primary time we’ve requested for an extension,” the A-G instructed The Indian Specific. “The court docket had earlier requested us to organize the affidavit however since we couldn’t full it, the court docket has given us an extension of 10 days.”

He mentioned the Dwelling and Political departments will put together and file the affidavit.


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