Two veteran criminals accused in several cases were shot on leg while they were apparently trying to escape during an ongoing operation against cattle smugglers at Kamrup district in western Assam on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday.
The two — Zakir Ali and Fazal Haque — are accused of several crimes such as cattle smuggling, car lifting, robbing, ATM lifting etc in Kamrup and neighbouring districts.
Police said they were on their way to raid at Ramdia, about 20 kms from district headquarters at Amingaon, based on Haque’s input about another veteran dacoit Saidul Ali when the duo attempted to escape.
“One of the accused requested to answer nature’s call due to which, the vehicle was stopped near sosantoli, ramdiya road. But instead, both the accused tried to over power the police guard and escape. The area is in interiors and surrounded by open paddy fields. Hence, after several warnings, to stop them two rounds of AK and five rounds of pistol had to be fired in which, both the accused have suffered injury in their legs,” police said.
Both have been immediately taken to nearby hospital amd then from there to Gauhati Medical College and Hospital for better treatment.
While Zakir was picked up from Saniadi, about 25 kms from District headquarters Amingaon, based on his inputs, Fazal was arrested from Hablakha, about 32 kms from Amingaon.
Zakir is accused of cow smuggling, robbing, car and ATM lifting and has been in and out of jail in connection to cases in Hajo, Kaya and Rangiya police station besides other ps of neighbouring districts.
Fazal, on the other hand is involved in Dacoity and ATM lifting in Roing, Arunachal Pradesh, robbing GNRC hospital in Gouripur and in dacoity and firing incident in Kamalpur Bandhan bank.
“Investigation and operation is still on for apprehension of dacoit Saidul,” police said.
According to police records, including these two, 13 persons have been injured and one died in firing by the police since 1 June. While 5 alleged cattle thieves sustained injuries in a police shootout, seven others – two men accused of rape, two men arrested for drug peddling and one man arrested for abduction – were injured when police fired at them for allegedly trying to escape from custody. One, Kanwaldeep Singh Sidhu, arrested regarding an abduction case died after police shot at him when, according to them, Sidhu tried to escape snatching police officer’s service pistol.
Assam CM Sarma had on Monday remarked that such shooting becomes necessary when accused attempt to escape and that it is ‘okay’ as long as the police shoot on their legs.