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Police say the criminals snatched weapons from them and were killed in retaliation.
There have been allegations of fake encounter on Assam Police. There were 20 such incidents in the state in 40 days. According to media reports, at least 13 suspected criminals were killed by police firing during this period. While more than 10 accused of rape and animal smuggling were injured.
BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma became the Chief Minister in Assam two months ago. In such a situation, allegations are being made of increasing fake encounters during his tenure. A Delhi-based lawyer Arif Jawadar has filed a complaint in the matter with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Saturday and sought its intervention.
Question on snatching pistol from trained police officers
Advocate Jawadar alleges that the Assam Police has killed petty criminals in a fake encounter. Police say the criminals snatched weapons from them and were killed in retaliation. Jawadar’s question on this is how is this possible? How can an alleged criminal snatch a weapon from a trained police officer while the pistol is tied around the waist belt?
On Sunday also a criminal was killed in the encounter
Two incidents of firing took place in Nagaon district in the state on Sunday. In this, the dacoit Zainal Abedin was killed by the police in Dhing near Nagaon. In this regard, Nagaon SP Anand Mishra said that we had received information that Abedin with his gang was going to rob a house in Nagaon area. The police who reached the spot warned them to surrender, but they started firing bullets.
Abedin was injured in retaliation. He died during treatment. In the second incident on Sunday itself, a suspected drug dealer was injured.
Dhing MLA’s allegation – Minorities are being targeted
Dhing MLA Aminul Islam has also accused the state police of the encounter. He says that most minorities are being targeted in fake encounters. The legislator sided with Abedin. They say that they knew him, he was not a dacoit but a drunkard.
Chief Minister supported the encounter pattern
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had justified the encounters a few days back. He had said that if an accused tries to run away by snatching a service gun and if he is a rapist, the law allows such persons to be shot in the leg and not in the chest. When someone asked me if there has been a pattern of encounters in the state, I said that if the criminal tries to escape from police custody then (encounter) should be the pattern.