Protesting fish trader’s death, angry & unruly mob torches Batadrava Police Station, assaults on-duty policemen


Guwahati: A violent and unruly mob Saturday torched Batadrava Police Station in Assam’s Nagaon district besides physically assaulting cops after a person, who was allegedly picked up by police, reportedly died in custody at Batadrava Police Station.

Visuals showed an angry mob of men and women storming Batadrava Police Station. They then assaulted the policemen on duty besides taking the law into their hands and, after physically assaulting a couple of policemen in uniform, set the police station on fire.

The mob had absolutely no regard for the law and started physically assaulting the policemen. Two police officers have been injured in the violence. 

“The scenes were absolutely terrifying as the mob of around 2,000  people — both men and women included — stormed Batadrava Police Station after the alleged death of a person named Safikul Islam, a fish trader by profession, died in alleged police custody. The mob then started assaulting the policemen on duty and later set Batadrava Police Station on fire,” a local resident said.

Additional forces were rushed in and Nagaon SP Leena Doley and other senior officials of Nagaon Police also arrived at Dhing police station. Three persons, who were part of the mob, have been identified and arrested for their involvement in the violence.

“We have arrested three persons who were involved in the violence. This is absolutely unacceptable. Whatever may be the provocation, no one can take up law into their hands. We will look into every aspect of the incident and take action,” Nagaon SP Leena Doley said. 

Meanwhile, reports said Safiqul Islam of Salnabari under Dhing police station was picked up by Batadrava police last night. His family accused the cops of demanding Rs 10,000 and a duck for his release. Safiqul allegedly died in police custody and his family found his body in a hospital in Nagaon today. 

Nagaon SP Leena Doley, however, claimed the person named Safiqul was brought by police in an inebriated condition from Bhumuraguri following information provided by some people. She said his family members were informed about him being picked-up by police following which they came in the morning and even provided him food. His condition, however, deteriorated following which he was sent to the local PHC and then referred to Nagaon civil hospital where he was declared brought dead.