Guwahati: A criminal was injured when he opened fired on police and police retaliated on him. The incident took place on Wednesday at Chabua in Dibrugarh district.
The police encounters have spiked to 42.
The criminal was identified as Bimal Bora was accused in a kidnapping case of Gunjan Sharma. He fired on police and tried to flee and police also retaliated following which the criminal received bullet injuries. He was rushed to Assam Medical College and Hospital in Dibrugarh for further treatment.
Bora has been accused of several other cases involving extortion, robbery, and car lifting.
Earlier, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday stated that police encounters shall continue if criminals try to escape from custody or try to snatch guns from police personnel. The statement of the chief minister came to fore after opposition parties in Assam claimed that encounters under the rule of Himanta Biswa Sarma as a chief minister has increased in the state. Speaking to reporters CM Sarma however said, "The criminals should have been asked this question. If they stop escaping from custody or stop snatching guns from police personnel, then there is no question of an encounter".
He said that it is the duty of the police to arrest criminals but if they try to escape from custody or snatch guns to fire on police then there is no other alternative option without retaliating back. Further the CM has said that government will not tolerate crime against women, drug peddling or cattle smuggling at any cost. It may also be mentioned that till date, the number of those killed in police encounters rose to 22, whereas, more than 34 accused have been injured in such incidents across the state.