Homes of five families have been demolished by the authorities on Sunday in Assam’s Nagaon district. These families were among the 40 identified people who has set fire to the part of the Batadrava police station in Dhing circle on Saturday. “Assam: Houses Demolished After Police Station Set on Fire”.
The mob led to this incident after the death of a local fish seller named Safikul Islam. Safikul was taken into custody a day before his death.
A probe has been ongoing by SIT (Special Investigation Team) to investigate the mob attack.
A judicial probe has been ordered by the District Administrative to look into the death of Safikul in custody. Police have suspended the officer-in-charge of Batadrava Police station.
Police officials have alleged that the demolished houses were either illegal or forged documents have been made to occupy the land.
‘We have arrested eight of the accused and 15 were detained’, Assam DGP said.
He added, ‘everything is under control now and we have ordered an independent probe to investigate the Safikul’s death, and if anyone is found guilty, we will take strict actions against them. But putting such allegations on our officials is not acceptable. “Assam: Houses Demolished After Police Station Set on Fire “.It doesn’t mean one will set a police station on fire. Those people had occupied the land illegally and were illegal settlers.’
‘We are analyzing videos for the identification of others who were involved in setting the fire at Batadarva police station. We will also probe if those who are accused have links with jihadis and banned terrors’, he further added.
According to the sources, no notice has been served to the families prior to demolition.
Assam CM Himanta Biswa said, ‘A police station has been burnt down, in our govt such crimes will not be pardon’.
CM Biswa also mentioned that he has directed the administration to look for such illegal land occupants. Action will be taken against them.
According to a statement given from the office of Assam DGP, Safikul was arrested on Friday evening after they received complaints of him being drunk. On Saturday morning, he was handed over to his wife and was fed food and water by her. He felt sick afterward and has been taken to two hospitals but was declared dead by the hospital staff.
As per a resident’s statement, she was asked for a bribe of 10,000 and a duck by the police station staff to free Safikul. She and her niece went with a duck the next morning but police officials didn’t agree to free her husband and asked for money. Meanwhile, Safikul went sick and has been taken to a nearby dispensary and was referred to a civil hospital but he died on the way.