Guwahati: Bihpuria MLA Amiya Kumar Bhuyan has landed in the proverbial soup after two audio clips of him allegedly asking two police officers — one of them a daredevil woman cop — to digress from their official responsibilities and to not ‘perform Policegiri’ while discharging their official duties.
The issue created a stir after audio clips of the conversations began spreading like wildfire in the social media with people questioning the behaviour of the legislator.
While one of the audio conversations was between the MLA and the officer-in-charge of Bihpuria Police Station Pushpakamal Baruah, the second leaked audio conversation was between him and women cop Junmoni Rabha, the SI of Majuli police station.
In the first conversation, the BJP MLA was heard asking the police officer to not resort to “Policegiri” while taking up a case of police seizing a boat belonging to Mising tribals of his constituency Bihpuria.
“Mising people use the boat to cross the river,” Bhuyan, a first-time MLA, was heard yelling at the police officer over phone while also asking the officer not to “harass” the locals.
Junmoni Rabha, however, refused to buckle and instead asked him how he — being a representative of the people — could ask the police to “break rules and regulations.”
“How will you answer to the Assam government?” she asked, and added: “You are a representative of the people.”
The woman cop’s reply made him see red.
“What are you saying?”, Bhuyan asked several times in a threatening tone. “Who are you talking to?” he continued to shout.
Rabha can be heard asking the MLA not to “misbehave” with her.
“Do not harass the people. They are people from my constituency and you know how tribal people operate,” the MLA continued yelling at the officer.
Junmoni Rabha then urged Bhuyan to talk to the Superintendent and raise the issue with him.
Meanwhile, Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma reacted to the controversy saying he has had a word with the MLA and that such a behaviour was unbecoming of a public representative.