Police in Assam’s Chirang district shot dead an accused on Wednesday night while he had tried to flee from custody on Wednesday night.
The accused –Abdul Khaleque allegedly murdered a home guard constable – Wahed Ali, posted at Bijni police station in the district, on Tuesday evening.
Chirang superintendent of police Gaurav Upadhyay said, “A police team took him to the spot where he had allegedly thrown the murder weapon. There, he suddenly snatched the pistol of Bijni sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) and fled towards the jungle while pointing the weapon at the police party,”
He further said police had to use ‘minimum firing aimed at non-vital organs’ to stop the accused for the safety of the police team and security of the snatched government weapon.
He added that the accused, who sustained bullet injuries, was rushed to the health centre at Bhetagaon for medical assistance. “But, he was declared brought dead at the hospital,” he added.
It may be mentioned that 14 people accused in difference cases – drug peddling, kidnapping and rape etc – have sustained injuries in police firing while trying to flee from police custody since May in the state.
The SP told the media that one pharmacist was picked up on Wednesday morning for interrogation in connection with killing of the home guard constable. “During interrogation, the pharmacist confessed that he had given contract to Abdul Khaleque to kill the home guard. He confessed that he had some personal disputes with the home guard personnel.”
On Monday, chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, while addressing the first ever conference of the officers in-charge of the police stations across the state, strictly directed the OCs to take strict actions against persons accused in rape and murder particularly.
“Police shouldn’t shoot them in the chest, but law permits shooting them in the leg. Police in Assam shouldn’t be scared in taking such action. In case an accused snatch a weapon from a police personnel, then police have to retaliate. If police do not retaliate, accused will fire at them and eventually, the police personnel will die,” he added.
However, he said, “Before we take such action, which is permitted by law, our conscience should be clear that whatever tough action we are taking, it is for the public good and not in our own interest.”