BTAD Violence And Assam Police

The recent communal clashes in Bodoland Territorial Areas District(BTAD) once again raise question on accountability of Assam Police.A wide discussion on the local Assamese media takes place regarding the issue.Similarly, various quarters allege that the police showed inactivity and indifference during the time of ethnic and communal clashes on account of political influence upon them.

As alleged some top police officers of the state seek favour of a group of influential politicians of the state on matters relating to their posting and transfer. Thus, these officer are busy with satisfying their ‘masters’, instead of providing security of life and property to the common people.This destructive attitude of the police was witnessed at the time of eruption of communal violence in BTAD that claimed lives of more than fifty innocent people in three districts of the area, viz, Kokaraajhar, Chirang and Baska.

Talking to this writer Mahamud Ali,a resident of Dawaighat,under Kokarajhar sub-division alleged that the police did not came to rescue them when more than two hundred armed miscreants attacked their village.” We contacted the police over phone for nearly three days.But police replied that they had not sufficient work-force to rescue us.”Ali alleged.However,a group of police and CRPF personnel led by a young sub-inspector rescued them on the night of 23 July last.Describing the gruesome situation of the area Ali said,”we went to Baghmari area of Bilasipara sub-division of Dhubri district on foot.We had to walk about 15 km to save our lives.Miscreants fired us during the live-saving journey.” Ali and nearly fourteen hundred people of Dwaighat have been taking shelter in a camp set up at Baghmari

After normalcy comes to the violence-hit three districts,the state Home Department, which is under chief minister Tarun Gogoi, transferred SPs of Kokarajhar and Chirang.However,the state Home Department posted them as SPs of districts which can not be considered as punishment transfer.Local media report cited that a large number of efficient SPs have been posted on some less important post year after year for their uncompromising nature.On the other hand some controversial as well as inefficient SPs frequently get well placement by virtue of their unholy nexus with politicians of the state ruling party leading the deterioration of the law and order situation of the state.

Raktim Baruah

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