JORHAT, Dec 5 - One person succumbed to his injuries sustained from police firing near a polling station in Golaghat district during the first phase of polling of panchayat polls.
The deceased has been identified as Gyanendra Rajkhowa, a former BSF jawan of Dhekial area of Golaghat district. Police said that the Rajkhowa was mentally imbalanced and had left his BSF unit unauthorisedly.
Golaghat SP Manbendra Dev Rai told The Assam Tribune that police at around 10 am had to fire in “self-defence” in the posterior area of Rajkhowa after he indiscriminately attacked several persons with two machetes near the Habial polling station under Dehkial Police Outpost and then tried to attack a police team that tried to prevent his (Rajkhowa) violent action.
Rai said that as without provocation Rajkhowa in a violent mood started attacking about four people who were coming to the polling station, a police team led by the Golaghat DSP Partha Pratim Saikia responded and tried to calm him. Rai said, however, Rajkhowa instead charged towards Saikia to attack him following which police had to fire to stop him.
Rajkhowa, who was hit in his buttocks was immediately rushed to the Golaghat District Kushal Konwar Civil Hospital and medical treatment given. However, later in the afternoon he succumbed to his injuries.
Golaghat Deputy Commissioner Gaurav Bothra told this newspaper that incident was not related to polling as per information received from magistrate on duty of that area and from police the deceased was having mental issues.