CM orders inquiry by Additional Chief Secretary into `encounter killings`

Last Updated: Friday, December 13, 2013 - 00:54

Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Thursday ordered an inquiry into the killing of two teenaged youths in an alleged encounter with security forces which led to a public outcry in Chirang district.
The Chief Minister has directed Additional Chief Secretary V B Pyarelal to conduct the inquiry and submit the report within 30 days, an official release said here today.

The Chirang Deputy Commissioner had already instituted an inquiry into the incident to be conducted by Additional District Magistrate Dasarath Das yesterday.

Security forces claimed that three youths had hurled grenades at a joint team of Army and police at Zaidwongbari under Runikhata police station yesterday.

Two of the youths were killed and the third was critically injured when the forces retaliated.

Local residents claimed that the three boys, all cousins, were not militants and the security forces opened fire upon them while they were sleeping on a haystack in the compound of their house.

Angered by the incident, the irate mob had gheraoed Runikhata police station, pelted stones damaging windows and other office property, besides setting ablaze five motorcycles belonging to the police yesterday.

First Published: Friday, December 13, 2013 - 00:54
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