Science News: Assam Police Used Unprovoked Uncontrolled Force Himanta On Border Violence

Science News: Assam Police Used Unprovoked Uncontrolled Force Himanta On Border Violence


Criticizing the Assam Police for its handling of violence along the Assam-Meghalaya border, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Wednesday said it used force in an ‘unprovoked, uncontrolled and arbitrary’ manner. Chief Minister Sarma also has the Home Department. He also said that there is peace along the Assam-Meghalaya border and recently there were clashes between local people and forest guards on the interstate border.

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Chief Minister Himanta Bishwa Sarma told reporters on the sidelines of an event here, “I feel there was no need for the police to open fire to that extent. To some extent the firing was unprovoked. The police could have acted in a controlled manner.

Sarma said that according to the police, force was used in defense during the clash. He said, “… although, in my view, it was done somewhat arbitrarily. This should not have happened. The violence broke out in West Karbi Anglong district on the Assam-Meghalaya border after Assam forest officials stopped a truck allegedly carrying illegal timber in the early hours of Tuesday. Six people, including a forest worker, died in the violence.

Sarma said that the Assam government is trying to do its work with ‘full honesty’. Already the Superintendent of Police of West Karbi Anglong district has been transferred. At the same time, some other officers have been suspended. He said the Assam government has ordered a judicial inquiry and urged the Center to conduct a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) or National Investigation Agency (NIA) probe.

Sarma said, ‘We have not taken it as a matter of prestige. If the personnel of the Assam Police were at fault, they will also come under the scanner. He said the incident was not related to the long-standing border dispute between the two northeastern states. He said, “I am in touch with the Chief Minister of Meghalaya… The Assam-Meghalaya border is peaceful and has always been peaceful.”

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