Allegation of police excesses by the Intellectual Support Group denied by West Siang District Police
Itanagar: The allegations of “police excesses” made against the West Siang District Police by the Intellectual Support Group (ISG) are “false, concocted and without any substance”, stated a release from the PRO, West Siang District Police. Explaining the rationale behind the recent raids conducted at two villages in West Siang district, the PRO informed that on March 25, a written complaint was received from one Bajum Bogo of Kunu-Yami village, Kamba that a mob of unknown miscreants assaulted him and robbed some cash and his personal belongings, while he was in his hotel room at Aalo. In this connection, a case was registered. Acting swiftly, the police arrested three persons within three days with the help of information received from the eyewitnesses and footages of CCTV camera seized from the hotel. The interrogation of the arrested persons revealed the involvement of more persons in the dacoity.
“Most of the suspects in the case belong to two villages namely, Tego Gamlin and Laggi Gamlin. In this connection, two raids were conducted in Laggi Gamlin village by local police,” the PRO said.
“The investigation team visited only one house which happens to be that of the prime suspect. The police team was in proper uniforms emblazoned with their nameplates and ranks as per the procedure.
Since the team was in receipt of a tip-off regarding presence of a suspect of the dacoity case in the village, without wasting time, it reached the village and entered the house strictly as per the provisions of CrPC.
Sharing of information with the village members would have compromised the efforts behind it. Moreover, revealing the names of the suspects and other case details is not desirable as per investigation point of view. And also that, in the instant case police was duty bound, on receipt of intelligence input, enter the premise and cause arrest without an arrest warrant,” he said.
“Police highly respects the rights of all citizens equally…Police does not differentiate an accused on the basis of caste, creed or political affiliation. Police action is legal, bonafide, and as per due procedure and it is open to scrutiny by any court. Police is making sincere efforts to unearth the conspiracy behind the dacoity and arrest all the culprits,” the district police PRO said while reiterating that the allegations labelled against its officers are false and frivolous.
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