Guwahati: After Mariani MLA Rupjyoti Kurmi was fired upon by alleged land encroachers of Nagaland on Thursday, Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi demanded more security cover for Kurmi.
Gogoi has sought additional security from Assam Director General of Police (DGP), Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta, saying that it was essential for not only his well-being but also to enable him to carry out his duties as an elected representative more efficiently.
On Thursday, Kurmi had a narrow escape after Naga miscreants opened fire at the Dissoi Valley Reserve Forest in Mariani where he was present to address some issue of land dispute with people from Nagaland. He was shifted to a safe place by the Assam Police Battalion. He was on his way to Dissoi Valley to take stock of some land eviction by illegal occupants from Nagaland when the firing took place. Dissoi Valley is along the Assam-Nagaland border.
After the incident, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma asked Special DGP G P Singh to investigate the unprovoked firing by Naga miscreants on Mariani. Kurmi thanked his PSOs and the Assam Police constables for their prompt response and for saving his and other people's lives. Kurmi expressed grief that they were fired upon in their own land and requested the Chief Minister to save Assam's land.
It is to be mentioned that the Assam Police and Kurmi's PSOs fired several rounds in retaliation to the firing from the Naga miscreants. They were successful in saving all the lives on the Assam side. Kurmi and his team had to run for their lives and tried to take shelter by kneeling down and trying to hide below the hills in the area.