JORABAT, May 31 - The Dimoria regional unit of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) tody demanded immediate suspension of the officer-in-charge of the Khetri Police Station, who is allegedly allowing different illegal syndicates to operate in the region. Pradip Kumar Nath, the OC in question, is allegedly earning lakhs of rupees from coal, sand, stone and timber syndicates, apart from earth-cutting activities. Two FIRs were filed today against the OC over alleged illegal detention of two youths last night. The duo was sent to jail today after they were implicated by the officer in fake cases.
According to the families of the youths, the duo had gone to the PS last night with a request to remove the seized vehicles parked on the service road as they were causing traffic congestion. Instead of taking a sensible view of their request, the OC allegedly got the duo handcuffed and asked them to cough up one lakh rupees to facilitate their release, or else he said they would be framed in major cases.
Nath, who was drunk, also thrashed the duo in the police station, the families alleged.
According to local organisations, businessmen are allowed to run their illegal activities paying extortion amounts demanded by the OC. The ones failing to pay the amounts are charged under various sections of law and sent to jail.
The Dimoria unit of AASU, in a press release, stated that Nath was using the name of Hiren Kumar Nath, Commissioner of Police of Guwahati City, to extort money from the people running various illegal businesses in the area.
Along with the Dimoria AASU, the Dimoria Tribal Organisation, Dimoria unit of Karbi Students’ Union, Tiwa Students’ Union, Assam Jatiyatabadi Students’ Union, Assam Tea Tribe Students’ Union, Bodo Students’ Union, Assam Sangrami Yuva Chatra Sangathan and All Dimoria Students’ Union also called for a high-level inquiry into the matter and demanded that the OC be suspended immediately.
The organisations also urged the State DGP to look into the matter and take stringent action against the officer. They also threatened to launch massive protests if the police department fails to take any action in this regard.