In a big development, the chief project officer of NEEPCO, Priyabrata Das has been arrested by Assam Police in coordination with Nagaland Police on Saturday.
According to reports, a special police team led by DSP Partha Saikia arrested the official from Assam-Nagaland border. At present, he is being brought to Golaghat, added reports.
Earlier BJP legislator from Khumtai Mrinal Saikia had lodged an FIR against the North eastern Electric Power Corporation Ltd (NEEPCO) Saikia had also stated that the officials of the NEEPCO will soon be arrested.
Saikia had filed the FIR against the chariman of the NEEPCO, Meghalaya and the chief project officer of the Doyang Hydroelectric Project situated in Nagaland’s Wokha district.
The flooding has occurred in Golaghat district after the Doyang Hydroelectric Project dam released water. The NEEPCO opened the sluice gates of the dam which is located in the Wokha district of Nagaland, to discharge water on Tuesday.
A total of 99 villages/localities in the distrcit are reeling under water. 12 villages/localities in Sarupathar, 12 in Merapanai, 19 in Morongi, 14 Khumtai, 12 in Golaghat , 23 in Bokakhat and seven in border areas (Sector B) are still submerged under water.
The Golaghat police have registered a case (no 578/18) under sections 120 B, 304A of IPC read with Sections 3 and 4 of the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act, 1984.
Saikia will also file a writ petition against the NEEPCO in the Gauhati High Court.
In view of the deluge in Lakhimpur istrict created by the sudden release of excess water by the NEEPCO from its Ranganadi dam during previous years, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal had strongly warned the NEEPCO auhorities in July to not to repeat the mistake this year.
Directing the NEEPCO authorities to build a reservoir for holding water, the Chief Minister urged the organization to adopt advanced engineering technology and know-how and he warned the organization to stay prepared for paying for the loses of the people affected by the flood caused by Ranganadi dam’s water in the coming days.