GUWAHATI: The Council of Ministers decided to give ex-gratia of Rs. 10 lakh to next of kin of late Raben Das, Constable who died while apprehending cattle smugglers.
Das, 25 years old, died on Saturday night during an operation against cattle smugglers Mankachar in South Salmara district along the Indo-Bangladesh international border.
Das slipped down into a pond that the cattle smugglers were using to escape. He hailed from Sarthebari of Barpeta district.
As per the police, a team of around 20 policemen laid an ambush at Char Kokurmora under Mankachar near Indo-Bangladesh international border to nab cattle smugglers.
“At about 1.45 am, a group of cattle smugglers were noticed on the bank of a pond immediately Das and three other police personnel followed the smugglers’ team and entered into the pond to apprehend the smugglers. Unfortunately, Das slipped down into the pond. After a joint search body of the constable was recovered from the pond and immediately rushed to Ghajarikandi PHC, where the doctor on duty declared him brought dead,” said Assam Police headquarters.
Assam Police thanked the state government for the gesture. “This will surely boost the morale of our men & women, who risk their lives daily to serve the citizens,” Assam Police headquarter said.