BHRPC expresses concern over human rights violation
: From our Staff Reporter
SILCHAR, Aug 11: The Barak Human Rights Protection Committee (BHRPC) expressed deep concern in a press release over reports of an incident of hooliganism, vandalism and assaults on innocent civilians in Silchar on August 2, 2009, by Assam Rifles personnel of the 5th battalion camping at Jiribum, Manipur.
Sources said the police is trying to protect the accused personnel and to hush up the matter. The BHRPC, therefore, condemned the incident and the efforts of the police to cover it.
The BHRPC further requested urgent intervention of the President of India and other authorities into the matter to ensure justice for the victims.
According to the reports, some jawans of the 5th Assam Rifles battalion assaulted a shop owner after buying paan (betel nut) from him. Sources said the jawans were leaving without paying the shop keeper for the pans.
A huge crowd gathered on the spot hearing the commotion. On seeing the crowd, the jawans retreated but warned the shop owner of dire consequences.
Later, at about 10.30 pm on the same day, five jawans led by a major named R Gupta allegedly came in a Jeepsy. After a futile search for the shop owner, the jawans created mayhem in the area and allegedly assaulted another shop worker and injured him along with a few others critically.
Sources further said the Cachar Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) and the Officer-in-charge of Silchar Police Station reached the spot with a large police force and brought the situation under control.
The police later took the jawans including the major and the injured to the police station. The injured were sent to the hospital for treatment. But, it was alleged, no First Information Report (FIR) was registered against the jawans.