By Our Staff Reporter
Guwahati, March 10: The Gauhati High Court today directed the galand government to ensure adequate security of jail inmates.
Admitting a PIL on the recent lynching of a rape-accused by a mob in Dimapur, a division bench of Chief Justice (acting) KS Shreedhar Rao and Justice PK Saikia served notices to the Central and galand governments to file their responses within two weeks, senior advocate Bhaskar Dev Konwar, who appeared on behalf of the petitioner Rajeev Kalita, said.
The Central government today submitted before the court a prelimiry status report – provided by galand government - which stated that four cases have been registered and 43 persons arrested so far. Each case is being investigated by a special investigation team.
“Identification of the ring leaders has been done. The DC and SP of Dimapur and the senior superintendent of Dimapur Central Jail have been placed under suspension. A judicial inquiry has also been ordered into the incident,” the report said, adding that the administrations of the eleven districts have been directed to take all possible measures to maintain peace and order.
The PIL sought a CBI investigation into the jailbreak and gruesome lynching of a rape-accused in galand’s commercial hub on March 5 last, and transfer of all bail applications of the accused persons to the High Court.
The petitioner also sought monitoring of the investigations by the High Court.
The PIL sought arrest of all the persons involved in the incident, action against all erring officials, adequate compensation to the family of the deceased and transfer of all non-ga prisoners from jails in galand to nearby district jails in Assam.