Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Wednesday said that action against criminals within the law will continue and the government will stand by the police in its action against criminals.
Assam police have all of a sudden become tough against the criminals after Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma clearly stated that he would not interfere in the matter of police, many cases of encounters have been reported from various areas of Assam. In most of the cases, police fired bullet in the leg of the criminals while they tried to escape from police custody.
Justifying his statement, Sarma said, “Some people are calling Assam police trigger happy however probably these people must hold a workshop where they must train the criminals not to run away from police custody, not to snatch arms of police and not to attack police.”
Opposition parties including Congress have alleged Assam police under Sarma have become trigger happy. An advocate has also filed a complaint against Assam Police in National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) over alleged “encounter spree”.
Since June 1, more than 20 instances of encounters either in custody or during raids took place of which five accused died. On Sunday last police open fired on a drug peddler and gunned down an alleged dacoit in two different instances.
Sarma said, “However criminals who try to snatch revolvers or attacks police will get a befitting reply so long as I am the Chief Minister. I will swallow the poison but will defend the police so long as they are taking action within the ambit of the law.”
CM Sarma informed that the seized illegal drug in Assam values close to Rs 400 Crore.
“In our tirade against illegal drug trade in the last two months 1,121 cases are registered and 1,879 drug peddlers. Around 28 kg of heroin was seized. Huge quantities of cannabis, opium, cough syrup, morphine, methamphetamine tablets, and other psychotropic substances were seized,” Sarma stated.