Dolo transfers Tirap SP for manhandling BJP leader
FROM A CORRESPONDENT
ITAGAR, May 18: State Deputy Chief Minister Kameng Dolo on Tuesday transferred Tirap SP Jasmeet Singh for allegedly manhandling district unit BJP executive member Lankham Wangsu on Monday.
Informing this to a visiting team of state BJP members led by its vice president Techi Necha, who called him here, Dolo regretted that it was unbecoming and unwarranted action on the part of law keeper.
Upon taking cognizance of the compliant by the district unit of BJP, Dolo, who also holds the home portfolio, condemned the willful police brutality meted out to innocent public.
He said, there would be no excuse whatsoever for the police violence and assured the team that the state government would ensure restraint in the state police who have been brutalising the innocent public.
Expressing gratitude to the deputy chief minister for his prompt action on the matter, BJP tiol Council Member Tame Phassang said that taking law into hand by the public servant was a matter of great concern.
He informed that Lankham Wangsu had received grievous injuries on his head and other vital parts of the body. The visiting team while registering strong protest with the Dy CM in the representation said the unbecoming, unwarranted and despicable act of the SP had sparked great amount of resentment and agitation amongst the peace loving and law abiding public of Tirap.
Meanwhile, denying the charges against him, SP Jasmeet Singh clarified that his action was for self defence.
“It was a case of mistaken identity. When one works in an insurgency-prone area, one has to be alert and careful at all times. There are certain dos and don’ts for an insurgency-prone area,” the SP said.
Giving the genesis of the incident, Singh said he was holding an important meeting in his office on the day at around 1.30 pm on operatiol matters, when his peon came in to inform that Wangsu was seeking a meeting with him. As Singh was already in the meeting he asked the peon to inform Wangsu to reschedule his meeting for some other day.
“Wangsu suddenly barged into my chamber and started shouting and coming closer towards my table. He had a blue-coloured bag in his hand of which I suspected that it could possibly hold a weapon so I accordingly confronted him for his unruly behavior,” explained Singh.
“However, Wangsu made a dash out the door and ran behind the office area towards the WT room and the officials went after him. As it was drizzling at that time, he slipped and probably hit his ear on a draige line nearby,” the SP added.
The SP further added that as the situation needed a response, he simultaneously picked up a small branch from the ground with which he hit Wangsu on his arm but when he saw that Wangsu was bleeding and was probably hurt after his fall, he called on the OC to take him to the hospital for treatment.
He said that when he later questioned Wangsu as to why he behaved in an unruly manner when the area is known for insurgent outfits, Wangsu told him that he was a BJP member and had arrived for a land encroachment issue of Deomali Police Station.