Rajabala outpost gheraoed by angry villagers over police inaction

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Front Page

Staff Reporter
TURA, Aug 06: Angry residents of Haripur under Rajabala outpost on Sunday gathered together seeking answers from police staff on the many pending cases of murder and assault that the villagers alleged were being overlooked by the policemen from the outpost. The area falls under West Garo Hills.
The incident occurred at 10 am on Sunday and follows the stabbing of one person from the village this past Friday after an argument. Three of the accused absconded after the incident leading to protests by the villagers in front of the outpost today. Though the situation at no point went out of hand, the villagers alleged inaction on the part of the police.

The SDPO of Dadenggre along with the CI of Phulbari PS under which the outpost falls, rushed to the spot to calm frayed nerves. He later held a meeting with the people on the matter.
According to the FIR filed by the victim’s family pertaining to the case on Friday two persons (Ashidur Rehman and Abdul Sattar) stabbed one Sopial Haque instigated by a third person (Halima Bibi) on Aug 3 at about 8 pm. All three of the accused are currently absconding while Sopial Haque is currently recovering from his injuries in GNC, Guwahati in Assam.
According to the villagers the reason for the incident was due to a faulty transformer in the village which needed to be repaired.
The villagers had collected money amongst themselves for the repair with the money being given to one of the accused Ashidur Rehman for deposit.
“He however went to Guwahati and spent the money. When he came back to the village, we questioned him on the money and he was unable to answer. Sopial Haque was the most vocal of the lot and this led to them stabbing Haque after being instigated by Halima Bibi to do so,” said a villager on the condition of anonymity. 
“There were 3 other murder cases in which all those allegedly involved in the murder have been roaming freely despite their names featuring in the FIRs. We have been seeking action against them to no avail and this is the reason for the anger today. These criminals abscond for a few days after which they come back to the same place and the police does nothing to ensure they are punished. We are frustrated at their inaction,” said another resident.
Confirming the incident, the SP of WGH, Dr MGR Kumar said that attempts are being made to catch the culprits and bring them to justice.
A senior police source stated that the work of the outpost is under scanner with allegations of police inaction being looked into.  


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