Guwahati: Tension continues to prevail in Assam’s Batadrava after an angry mob torched an police station on Saturday. Following the incident, the Officer-in-Charge of the police station in question has been suspended and the other police officials of the station have also been transferred.
OC Kumud Gogoi has been suspended for failing to carry out his duties in the face of the attack by the mob. Meanwhile, the rest of the officials of the station who are on duty during the attack have been put on reserved clause.
A new police team has been appointed at the police station to take matters in their hands. Violent scenes were witnessed in Batadrava yesterday after a mob of close to 500 people took the law in their hands.
The mob gheraoed the police station and burned it down. They also allegedly thrashed the police personnel on duty. The situation occurred after a fish seller identified as Safikul Islam was reportedly picked up by police in a drugged state. However, Islam passed away while in the custody.
Assam: 21 detained for setting Batadrava Police Station on fire
The Police also detained 21 people for their alleged involvement in setting Batadrava Police Station on fire yesterday.
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 of Salnabaori village.
A woman, who was seen pouring inflammable in the police station before fire engulfed the property has been reportedly arrested.
Meanwhile, the Nagaon district administration launched a massive eviction drive in the Salnabori area on Sunday morning.
Nagaon DC has instituted a magisterial probe into the incident
District administration officials said the eviction drive has been launched against illegal settlers.
Protesting fish trader’s death, angry & unruly mob torches Batadrava Police Station, assaults on-duty policemen
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.