The Western Assam Range Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police Rounak Ali Hazarika on Monday initiated investigation into the alleged assault of the Assam’s Goalpara district Deputy Commissioner Varnali Deka.
Deka was allegedly assaulted by two police constables of Goalpara Sadar police station on Saturday night inside the pandal of a mobile theatre.
The DIG on Monday visited Goalpara district and began the primary investigation.
The two constables are identified as Kalyan Roy and Johirul Islam.
Varnali Deka on Saturday went to watch the evening show of the Assamese mobile theatre ‘Bordoisila‘ being performed at the Goalpara College field.
Reportedly, to enjoy the show in a homely environment, Deka didn’t take her security personnel instead preferred her minor daughter to accompany her.
As she entered the theatre, she was allegedly obstructed by the two constables allegedly in inebriated conditions.
When she tried to pass, they allegedly used threatening gestures and postures.
After the deputy commissioner and her daughter settled down in their chairs, one of the constables while passing allegedly ‘stamped on her feet causing brusies’.
The deputy commissioner immediately took photographs of the duo and sent it to the Sadar OC, Dipul Tamuli.
On Sunday, she filled a formal FIR at the Sadar police station.
“If police is unable to protect a lady who is a DC, indeed themselves becoming perpetrators of assault, it bodes very ill to the law and order of Goalpara,” wrote the deputy commissioner in her complaint to the officer in charge of Goalpara Sadar police station.
On the other hand, the constables have filled a cross FIR in the same police station.
“The constables in their statements have complained that it is because they didn’t salute the deputy commissioner, the DC got angry and misbehaved with them. Even she kicked one of them,” informed a police source.
Meanwhile, Susanta Biswa Sarma, SP of Goalpara said, “the matter is very serious. We have received complains from both sides. It is being investigated by higher authorities. So, everything will be clear after the investigation.”
On Monday, several organisations like Goalpara Zila Xahitya Xabha, Citizens Forum, AASU, Goriya Moriya Deshi Jatiya Parishad have come out openly in support of the deputy commissioner.
“We decided to submit a joint memorandum to the chief minister seeking justice into the matter,” said Jitumoni Bhuyan, state organizing secretary of AASU.