GUWAHATI, Feb 24 - An interesting development has taken place in a case related to illegal stone mining activities in Karbi Anglong hills, adjacent to Kaziranga National Park (KNP). The State Police Accountability Commission (SPAC), Assam has directed the Superintendent of Police (SP), Golaghat to send by hand the records it has on sending the First Information Report (FIR) filed by senior journalist Apurba Ballabh Goswami to the Karbi Anglong SP in connection with the illegal stone mining activities in Karbi Anglong hills.
This direction of the SPAC came in the wake of the Karbi Anglong SP denying in writing the receipt of the FIR of Goswami sent to him by the SP Golaghat. The Karbi Anglong SP made this claim against the submission of the Golaghat SP that the FIR was duly sent to the former.
The SPAC has in its order directed the Golaghat SP ‘to depute one officer, not below the rank of Inspector, to produce all the relevant record of sending the said complaint and receipt of the same by SP, Karbi Anglong.’ The records are to be placed before the SPAC on 28/2/19, said the order.
It needs mention here that journalist Goswami on November 30, 2018, filed his FIR with the Karbi Anglong SP, through the Golaghat SP, requesting legal action to stop illegal stone mining activities in Karbi Anglong hills. In his complaint, Goswami also named the main accused involved in such activities.
Since his FIR failed to evoke any response from the Karbi Anglong SP, Goswami filed a complaint with the O/C of Dalamara PS, Karbi Anglong, in this connection, since illegal stone mining activities are going on in the areas falling under the Dalamara PS.
But, the Dalamara O/C registered the case (No 09/2018) under Section 188 of IPC. However, this section is in no way connected with Goswami’s complaint. It is related with disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant.
Following these developments, Goswami, on December 10, 2018, moved the SPAC. The Commission served notice to both the SPs to submit all relevant documents and action taken reports by January 28, 2019.
Meanwhile, the Dalamara PS has also filed the Final Report (FR) (No 03/18 dated 31/12/2018) in the Diphu CJM’s court on the FIR filed by Goswami, stating that no illegal stone mining activities are going on in the area.