New Delhi: A former Assam Police constable was on Monday named in a charge sheet by CBI for allegedly being the brain behind the 2012 ethnic clashes in Assam that claimed 77 lives and saw exodus of people of northeast origin from Bangalore and other cities.
The CBI filed charge sheet against Mouhibur Islam, who also is the president of All Bodoland Minorities Student Union, under various sections of Indian Penal Code and Arms Act.
The agency also recommended Departmental Action for major penalty against five Assam Police officials including a Superintendent of Police for allegedly failing in their duty to contain the violence which was allegedly triggered by Islam.
In its charge sheet filed in the court of special judicial magistrate in Bongaigaon, CBI alleged that Islam got a false FIR registered against members of another community for "accidental" gun shots sustained by him.
CBI probe alleged that the former police official accidentally sustained gunshot injury on July 19, 2012 but, he suppressed the facts and got registered an FIR through his brother at Kokrajhar police station on July 20, against a person of another community on the allegations that he fired at him and injured him.
CBI alleged in its charge sheet that on his directions, a bandh call was given for July 20, 2012 during which four persons of the other community were apprehended and lynched on his orders.
"The alleged acts of the former police official proved detrimental to public order and peace in the area and resulted in large-scale ethnic violence in Assam between two communities in which a large number of innocent persons were killed and properties worth crores of rupees destroyed," CBI's Press Information Officer R K Gaur said while giving details of charges.
The agency had taken up the investigation of eight cases including the instant case relating to the incidents of alleged ethnic violence in certain places of Assam on the request of the Assam government and further notification from the Centre.
"These cases were earlier registered by Assam Police," he said.
The incident had led to widespread exodus of people of northeast origin from cities like Bangalore, Pune and Mumbai.