Golaghat Bar Association (GBA) today decided to file a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Gauhati high court over the incident that happened in Habial village in Golaghat district during the first phase of panchayat elections where one Gyanendra Rajkhow, a mentally challenged ex-BSF jawan was allegedly killed in police firing on December 5 last. The decision was taken unanimously at the general meeting of the association held today.
“The entire incident was glaring example of police brutality and atrocity as the police team led by deputy superintendent of police Partha Protim Saikia and officer-in-charge of Golaghat police station choose to fire upon a mentally challenged man instead of using other non-lethal measures to overpower him” said Durga Prasad Jaiswal, secretary of GBA.
“Even though a case was registered against the DSP under section 302 of IPC the ongoing investigations raises doubt about the seriousness of the police into the whole matter. The police are busy in recording the statements of witnesses under section 164 of Cr.P.C. against the deceased, which we believe is nothing but to protect the accused police officials because a criminal case abates on the death of an accused. Moreover the investigation of the case registered against the DSP was assigned to sub-divisional police officer of Bokakhat whose transfer order was out prior to the incident” Jaiswal said
It is to be noted that the police has also registered a case against the deceased under sections 326 and 307 of IPC.
The bar association has also decided to lodge a complaint against the DSP and officer-in-charge of Golaghat police station before the state police accountability commission and to submit a memorandum to the chief minister demanding their immediate suspension.