Chief of Police Spearheads Thorough Probe on Karbi Anglong Rape Incidents


Sidelining all misgiving and assumption pertaining to the infamous rape of three women in two adjacent villages in eastern Karbi Anglong, Deputy Commissioner of Karbi Anglong Mukul Gogoi and Superintendent of Police Karbi Anglong Muktdha Joti Deva Mahanta issued statements addressing the gruesome incidents in a press conference at Diphu Circuit house.

Mukul Gogoi declared that a three pronged investigation has been set up to probe the rape incidents. He told the media that two independent magisterial enquiries have been ordered to probe the rape incident that happened on April 6.

The Police head urged the Ministry of Defence to institute an independent probe of the rape incident, to be headed by Colonel Ganesh who started an investigation today. The Colonel assured that the process will be completed within 7 days.

Muktdha Joti Deva Mahanta mentioned that based on the medical report it appears that “the case is true” and all the evidence found at the place of incident has been sent for forensic testing, including DNA classification. He added that a special investigation team (SIT) has been formed by district police with experienced officers led by Additional S P Bolin Deury to assist the investigation officer, Miss. N Singson APS.

The army also arranged a TIP (test identification parade) before the investigating magistrate. The SP told the media that particularly 2 army personnel are involved in the crime and both will be arrested at the soonest possible time.

“We received information about the incident on April 7 from unofficial source and deputed a magistrate at Dokmoka police station to assist the victims in their legal procedure but the victims reached the police station next day,” Deputy Commissioner Mukul Gogoi said.

On the basis of their complaint, two cases were registered under section 376/ 5-11 of CRPC and another under section 376/ read with section 4 of Prevention of Child from sexual offence (POCSOAC).

All three victims were medically examined at Diphu Civil Hospital.

“We have appealed to all the women, student and human rights organizations in a meeting today to maintain peace and not to take up agitation programmes like blocking rail track etc. as the administration and police are doing everything feasible within the ambit of law to give justice to the victims,” the police head added.

The probe committee of Indian Army headed by Colonel Ganesh will discuss the whole matter with representatives of several agitating womens organizations, after its return from the place of the incident.

Sushanta Roy is a journalist in Assam, India, who photographs and writes about the people, animals and flora of Assam, and the things that affect them.