Another police encounter in Assam, drug peddler shot in leg
Guwahati: A rising number of police encounters, which have seen several suspected insurgents and criminals being shot as they “tried to escape” from custody in the last two months, has whipped up a political furore in Assam.
It seems to be an daily affair in Assam, where accused try to escape from the custody of police and in order to stop the escape bid, police open fire.
Yet in another such incident, a suspected drug peddler was injured in a police encounter in Morigaon district of Assam as he allegedly tried to flee from custody.
The drug mafia of Morigaon are was shot by a policeman at around 1 am on Friday at Sagunbahi village when he tried to run away from custody.
The incident took place when the accused was taken to a char (sandbar) area for another operation against a drug smuggling racket, reports said.
The suspected drug peddler involved in an inter-state racket was shot on his knees and taken to Gauhati Medical College and Hospital for treatment.
He has links with drug mafias of Nagaon, Morigaon and Karbi Anglong districts and has a connection with criminals in Dimapur of Nagaland, the police officer said.
At least 15 suspected militants and criminals were killed and 24 others injured in police encounters in the state as they allegedly tried to snatch service weapons or attempted to escape from custody.
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday said the state police has ”full operational liberty” to fight against the criminals within the ambit of law.
Meanwhile, taking suo moto cognisance, the Assam Human Rights Commission (AHRC) had on July 7 asked the state government to institute an inquiry into the circumstances that led to the death and injury of the accused in police encounters over the past two months.