|HC notices to State, Central Govts|
GUWAHATI, Aug 25 – The division bench of the Gauhati High Court comprising Chief Justice (Acting) K Sreedhar Rao and Justice AK Goswami today after hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL No 51 of 2014) filed by Jagadish Bhuyan and Dr Zoii Nath Sarmah on the incident of police firing at Rangajan in Golaghat district on August 19 and 20, directed both the State as well as Central Government to file their affidavits by September 3.
In the PIL, it is stated that the recent incident of indiscriminate police firing, lathi charge and inhumane torture on the public/protesters on August 19 and 20 at Rangajan in the district of Golaghat is a barbaric conduct on the part of the Police/security personnel in an uncivilized manner. The further contention of the petitioners was that firing on the public in the incident was totally uncalled for and the police/security personnels could have used tear gas, water cannons, laughing gas, rubber bullets or any other modern methods of controlling the mob. But the police personnel have resorted to indiscriminate firing and lathi charge in a barbaric manner upon the public protesters killing 2 persons and seriously injuring several others.
In the PIL, a prayer was made to direct the authorities to prohibit indiscriminate firing, lathi charge on the public without resorting to other modern soft methods of controlling the public protest/mob by using water, tear gas, laughing gas, rubber bullets etc. and also making a prayer for a judicial enquiry on the incident by a retired High Court Judge.
The Court after hearing the PIL fixed the case for further hearing on September 3 and in the mean time, directed both the Central and State Governments to file their affidavits.