BY OUR STAFF REPORTER
GUWAHATI, April 11: Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, long in charge of the Home department too, often says that he is proud of the State Police for its efficient service. But how far is the Chief Minister's claim true? The Crimil Investigation Department (CID) of the Assam Police has long been grappling with increasing number of pending cases and the rate of disposal of such cases is distressingly low. The number of chargesheets filed in court by the CID over the last few years is negligible as well.
The premier investigating wing of the State Police has complained several times about critical lack of manpower, infrastructure and other facilities, but the complaints have not stirred the powers-be in Dispur.
According to sources, out of 386 cases registered by the CID from 2011 to March 2015, investigations into 288 cases are still pending. “Chargesheets were filed in 68 cases and fil reports on only 23 cases have been given by the CID since 2011,” sources said.
“Out of the 104, 100, 84, 81 and 17 cases registered by the CID in the years 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 (up to March) respectively, investigation of 59 cases, 74 cases, 69 cases, 69 cases and 17 cases respectively have been pending,” sources said.
The CID, Assam further complained that its process of investigation of many cases is also hampered due to shortage of investigating officers and late receipt of forensic reports relating to these cases.
Will Chief Minister Gogoi take a break in patting himself on the back over the police department’s ‘efficiency’ and take some concrete measures for quick disposal of cases pending with the CID?