44 arrested; curfew relaxed for six hours in Dimapur
BY OUR STAFF REPORTER
GUWAHATI, March 9: A public interest litigation has been filed at the Guwahati High Court seeking, among others, a CBI investigation into the heinous jailbreak and lynching of a rape-accused in Dimapur and transfer of all bail applications of the accused persons to the high court.
The petitioner, advocate Rajeeb Kalita, also monitoring of the investigation by High Court.
The PIL also sought arrest of all the persons involved in the killing, action against all erring officials, adequate compensation to the family of the deceased and transfer all non-ga prisoners from the jails of galand to nearby district jails of Assam, senior advocate Bhaskar Dev Konwar, who is appearing on behalf of the petitioner, said.
The court is likely to take up the PIL tomorrow.
Meanwhile curfew was relaxed for six hours – from 6 am to 12 noon – in Dimapur.
Police have so far arrested 44 persons who were part of the mob who broke into the Dimapur Central Jail and dragged out Syed Farid Khan before parading him ked and lynching him in public.
Internet and SMS services continued to remain block the galand’s commercial hub.
The issue also found echo in the Lok Sabha with Congress members from Assam coming down heavily on the “failure” of the galand government.
During Zero Hour, Kaliabor MP Gaurav Gogoi slammed the galand government for not making a statement on whether Khan was guilty of the crime and said he was not convicted by the court and had the rights of trial. He said the central forces deployed at the jail failed to protect the accused.
Gogoi demanded a CBI probe to find out why the security forces were uware of the planned attack on a Central Jail.
Congress’ Sushmita Dev expressed concern over the “racial profiling” of people in the Northeast.
BJP’s Raman Deka said such incidents led to commul flare-ups.