7 arrested, 14 detained, SIT team to probe Batadrava Violence: Special DGP GP Singh


Guwahati: Following the incident in Batadrawa, police arrested seven people including two women in connection with the attack on the police station on Saturday. 

A mob attacked the Batadrava police station on Saturday, accusing the Police of the custodial death of a person named Safikul Islam, a fish trader by profession in Salnabaori village.

In one of the videos, the two arrested women were seen setting the police station ablaze. One of the women was even seen carrying a bottle filled with petrol and pouring it across the police station, while the other women set it on fire.

The duo was helped by the mob. A large section of the police premises, including its armoury were reduced to ashes.

Meanwhile, as many as 14 persons have been detained from the Salanbari village including minors. 

Police are continuing their probe into the case and are trying to identify the rest of the attackers based on video footage available of the incident.

However, Assam Special Director General of Police (DGP), Law and Order, GP Singh said that a special investigation team will be set up to probe the incident that occurred at Batadrava and all people associated with the violence will be dealt with strictly under law. And the SIT will investigate the incident within 45 days and a report will be filed by them in the next 60 days. 

GP Singh visited violence-hit Batadrava in the Nagaon district of Assam on Sunday. Singh inspected the incident spot and took stock of the situation at Batadrava where a police station was burned down by locals of the area on Saturday.

Assam: 21 detained for setting Batadrava Police Station on fire

Speaking to media persons on the spot, Singh also hinted that there is a possibility of Jihadis being associated with the incident and that an investigation will be conducted to find out if there are any links of the organization with the incident.

Singh said, “Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of central Assam Police, Satyaraj Hazarika has been instructed for a thorough and unbiased investigation into the incident. We have to wait till the post-mortem report and forensic reports are out of Safiqul Islam. We will take further action after that.”

Singh further said, “All the culprits behind the incident will be identified from the video footage. A forensic team will be engaged to investigate the cause of the fire. An investigation will be done against all suspected people involved in it.”

GP Singh also said that an investigation will be done to find out the reason for burning all the important documents and files at the police station.

It may be mentioned here that fish seller Safikul Islam was reportedly picked up by a team of Batadrawa police on Friday 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 on Saturday.