By Our Staff Reporter
Guwahati, February 10: In perhaps the first such instance, Assam Police has booked a notorious crimil under the tiol Security Act.
The tiol Security Act, 1980, empowers the Central Government and State Governments to detain a person to prevent him/her from acting in any manner prejudicial to the security of India, the relations of India with foreign countries, the maintence of public order, or the maintence of supplies and services essential to the community it is necessary so to do. The Act is normally used in against militants.
On Monday, police took habitual crimil Chandan Kalita of Tebitola village under Tamulpur police station of Baska district under detention for three months under the NSA.
For the record, Chandan is wanted in several cases, including murder, extortion and kidpping.
Chandan has been arrested a number of times earlier, but he has been securing bail after the expiry of his police and judicial custodies each time.
“Every time he goes out on bail, he commits another crime. He is then re-arrested. This cycle has been repeating. He has been chargesheeted in a number of cases…but those are under trial now. The police cannot detain a crimil indefinitely,” a police officer said. “We have now booked him under the NSA. Under this we can detain him for more time…up to three months at a time,” the officer said.
A person can be booked under the NSA only after approval from the Deputy Commissioner or the Police Commissioner.
The Commissioner is understood to have approved Chandan’s detention under the NSA yesterday.
Chandan is the main accused in the incident in which in which a jeweller of Fatasil Ambari was looted and shot dead in 2011. The case was charge sheeted in July, 2013. He was again arrested in connection with the killing of a trader in lbari in 2012. The case was chargesheeted in December, 2012. He was the prime accused in the kidpping for ransom of one Md. Mokibul Hussain from Bhagaduttapur area in July, 2014. He was recently arrested with weapons in Guwahati while planning to kidp a doctor.