Assam CM orders immediate suspension of Darrang SP

Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma and minister Ashok Singhal at the residence of the deceased girl in Dhekiajuli on August 12 | CMO, Assam

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on August 12 ordered the immediate suspension of Darrang superintendent of police (SP) Rajmohan Ray, additional SP Rupam Phukan and Dhula Police Station officer-in-charge over allegations that the district police top brass mishandled the June 11 case of unnatural death of a 13-year-old girl at the Dhula residence of one Krishna Kamal Baruah.

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The CM’s order came on the backdrop of his visit today to the Dhekiajuli residence of the deceased, who was found hanging by the neck.

Accompanied by the director general of police Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta, the chief minister interacted with the relatives of the deceased and inquired about the allegations they had labelled against the Darrang police administration.

It has been alleged that the police displayed extreme dereliction of duty in collecting of photographic and videographic evidence of the incident. It has been further alleged that the Dhula police station officer-in-charge had put pressure on the family members of the deceased to not file a written complaint on the unnatural death.

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Considering the gravity of the above allegations, chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma asked the DGP to constitute a three-member special investigation team (SIT) for a thorough investigation into the incident. Two of the three members of the SIT shall be females, as per the chief minister’s order.

The CM also issued instructions to concerned officials to get a house constructed for the family of the deceased under a government scheme. He also ordered the Sonitpur deputy commissioner to take necessary measures for the inclusion of the family of the deceased under the Orunodoi scheme.

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