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A 50-year-old man, who was arrested for allegedly raping three minor girls, was injured in police firing on Wednesday night in Central Assam’s Morigaon district.

Police claimed he was ‘shot in the leg while he tried to escape from custody’.

Morigaon district Superintendent of Police Aparna Natarajan claimed that the incident took place while the accused Rajani Kanta Daimary was taken by a police team from Laharighat PS to the crime scene to recover a stained undergarment of one of the victims.

He was admitted to the Guwahati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) on Thursday morning.

“When the accused tried to flee, police resorted to two rounds of firing, and he was injured in it,” said an official.

Police on Wednesday arrested Daimary for allegedly raping three minor girls of Jengorbori village under Laharighat police station of the district.

A police official said that the accused person was absconding after committing the crime and police caught him from the Amtola area on Wednesday.

“On December 20, a case was registered at Laharighat police station against Rajani Daimary for allegedly raping three minor girls, between the age group of 6-7 years. We nabbed the accused person from the Amtola area on Wednesday,” the police official said.

Reports said as many as 80 incidents of fake encounters have taken place in Assam this year in which 28 people were killed and 48 injured.

A lawyer from Delhi has filed a PIL at the Gauhati High Court seeking an independent probe into the alleged fake encounters by the Assam Police.

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