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A kidnapping and murder accused were gunned down by Assam police at Hajo area in Kamrup district on Tuesday.

The man was wanted in the kidnap and murder of one Safiqul Ali, a resident of Khopnikuchi village in Hajo, said a police official said.

Acting on specific information, a police team went to the residence of the man to arrest him, the official.

Police claimed on seeing the police team, he allegedly opened fire targeting the police team and subsequently the police retaliated.

“He was injured in the retaliatory firing and was rushed to Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH). He succumbed to his injuries while undergoing treatment at the hospital,” claimed a police official.

Ali was allegedly kidnapped on Sunday and his body was found in Khoirabari village in Udalguri district, he said.

Police said a .32 pistol and four live rounds of cartridges were found on the man.

At least 27 people have been killed in shootouts by the Assam Police since May, while 48 others were injured along with some policemen in such gunfights.

Police claim the shootouts were provoked as the criminals tried to snatch service weapons or attempted to escape from custody, whipping up a political furore with the opposition alleging that the Assam Police has turned “trigger happy” and indulging in “open killings” under Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.


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