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Chief Minister Sharma has given this information in response to a question asked by AIUDF MP Ashraful Hussain in the Assam Legislative Assembly. A CID probe into the death of a suspected dacoit in a police encounter in the state’s Udalguri district on February 24 confirmed a case of “mistaken identity”. The deceased was a farmer.
New Delhi: After Himanta Biswa Sharma became the Chief Minister of Assam in May 2021, 66 people died in police custody and 158 others were injured.
In a written reply to a question by AIUDF MP Ashraful Hussain, Chief Minister Sharma said that 35 accused were killed and 12 others injured in police encounters between May 10, 2021 and February 28, 2023.
He further said that apart from this, 26 were killed and 146 injured in police firing.
According to a report published in The Week, the chief minister, who also heads the home ministry, said, “Apart from this, five accused were killed in an accident while trying to escape from police custody.”
During a debate on the governor’s motion of thanks, AIUDF MP Aminul Islam asked why the police force had become “so inefficient” that every time an accused escapes, he is shot dead.
He said: “The government is making fake acquaintances. The cases of Kenaram Basumatary and Kirti Kamal Bora prove that fake encounters are taking place in Assam. The governor should know this.
It may be noted that the CID investigation into the death of a suspected dacoit in a police encounter on February 24 in Assam’s Udalguri district has confirmed that it was a case of “mistaken identity”.
Investigation revealed that the deceased was not dacoit Kenaram Boro alias Kenaram Basumatary, but a man identified as Dimbeswar Muchahari, whose family claimed he was a ‘farmer’, but the police claimed he was ‘scared’ .
In addition, student leader Kirti Kamal Bora, allegedly involved in drug trafficking, was injured in police firing on January 22 last year, an incident that has been criticized by opposition parties and community groups as a dominant “police operation” in the state. The impact of ‘Raj’ was told.
A one-man committee headed by the then chief executive officer Paban Kumar Borthakur had found that the policemen involved in the shooting were at fault, Bora was not carrying any kind of drug at the time of the incident.
In June 2022, the Assam government told the Gauhati High Court that in the 13 months after Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sharma assumed office in May 2021, there were a total of 161 incidents of police action or encounters across the state, in which 51 accused died. and 139 others were injured.
There is also a hearing in the Supreme Court on a matter of public interest, where an investigation of the encounter has been requested by an independent organization under the supervision of the court.
It may be noted that lawyer Arif Mohammad Yasin Jawadar had filed a complaint with the Human Rights Commission (NHRC) against the Assam Police over several encounters since the Himanta Biswa Sharma government came to power last year.
Let us tell you that after Himanta Biswa Sharma became Chief Minister, Assam Police had intensified its campaign against drug smugglers and cattle rustlers / smugglers and criminals. He specifically launched an anti-narcotics operation.
Several suspected militants and criminals were killed in clashes in the state after May 2021, as they tried to escape custody, while several others, including rape accused and cattle smugglers, were injured in clashes.
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