Guwahati: In the recent few months, incidents from Assam’s northeast takes their peak- with the identical account of “criminals trying to escape”- “self-defense encounters” and “attempting to snatch weapons”
Considering CM Himanta Biswa Sarma took over on May 10, around 23 people have been executed while in police supervision, with five dead.
All of them were held for crimes such as cattle smuggling, rape, and abuse, murder, drug peddling, etc. This is apart from the deaths of 10 militants in encounters in the last two months.
In these terms, the opposition seems to trigger the matter and the Assam Human Rights Commission takes up the concern issue.
Assam CM Sarma states that he stands with the latest approach of the government and he won’t tolerate such crimes at any cost.
On Wednesday and Thursday, he announced to the Assembly his government would continue its “zero-tolerance policy” on criminals, and that he was ready to face “any kind of criticism”. “My clear instruction (to police) is do not break the law, but within the law… you take extreme action, and the Assam government is going to protect you.”
During a conference accompanied by police officers, the CM had stated there was nothing corrupt in police firing being “a pattern”, if someone was “trying to flee”. “Police cannot shoot him in the chest, but shooting at the leg is the law.”
He additionally stated that “504 persons have been arrested in the last two months for alleged involvement in cattle-smuggling and only four were injured in police firing” during Assam Assembly.
On critique, the CM said, “Sympathy is important, but misplaced sympathy is very, very dangerous.”