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Two elderly persons including a woman were injured after a portion of the boundary wall of the Dibrugarh police station collapsed on Thursday.

The incident took place at around 12.20 pm when the old and rickety wall gave in and fell on the footpath injuring the two passersby.

They were rushed to the Assam Medical College and Hospital.

Established in 1848, Dibrugarh police station is one of the oldest police stations of the State.

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The collapsed wall of the 171-year-old British-era police station is believed to have been constructed at least five decades ago.

Sources said that no repair work has been carried out on the boundary wall since its construction.

It may be recalled that on February 23 last year, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal had laid the foundation stone for Mission for Overall Improvement of Thana for Responsive Image (MOITRI) at Dibrugarh police station.

Under the Rs two crore project, the police station was supposed to be renovated and equipped with modern infrastructure like state-of-the-art reception and waiting lounge, video-conference system, separate cell and entrance for women and children, toilets, adequate drinking water facilities, boundary wall among others.

However, even after 20 months of the foundation laying programme, very little progress has been made in the project.

The State Government under MOITRI scheme had adopted a visionary programme of reconstructing 346 police stations with an outlay of Rs two crore for every police station to be reconstructed and refurbished within five years. In the first phase, 73 police stations were earmarked.

Avik Chakraborty

Avik Chakraborty is Northeast Now Correspondent in Dibrugarh. He can be reached at: babs8oct@gmail.com

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