Tinsukia: In a blatant violation of COVID-19 lockdown norms and night curfew, an incident has come to the fore in which a group of three youths, roaming in a luxury car in Assam’s Tinsukia town, hit the official car of the on-duty executive magistrate injuring him, leading to the detention of three youths, said police sources.
The development comes on a day the deputy commissioner of Tinsukia imposed a six-day “total lockdown” in the areas under Tinsukia Municipal Board and Makum Municipal Board starting 6 pm of August 5 to 6 pm of August 11.
According to sources, executive magistrate Niluram Sharma has filed an FIR with Tinsukia Sadar police station, a copy of which has been accessed by this journalist.
In the complaint, Sharma said, “On Wednesday (August 5) at about 8.00 pm in Lal Bungalow area of Tinsukia town, I and officer incharge of Tinsukia Sadar police station were on duty to enforce complete lockdown in Tinsukia municipal area. We were on patrolling duty at Tulisram Road and saw a silver Hyundai Creta with registration number AS 06 R 0008 approaching towards us.”
Upon seeing the vehicle, OC tried to stop the vehicle to enquire about the violation of lockdown. “The driver, Shashank More, seeing us approaching the vehicle accelerated the vehicle with an intention to kill us. The car hit my official vehicle on the left hand front passenger door which resulted in injuring my right arm,” the FIR read.
It said that a police constable also fell down on the road to save his life and they somehow managed to save themselves.
“There were three male occupants in the car and the OC chased the vehicle and apprehended the driver along with the car at his residence in Chaliha Nagar,” the executive magistrate said in the FIR asking the police to register a case under relevant sections of Indian Penal Code and Disaster Management Act, 2005.
When contacted, Sharma confirmed that this FIR has been filed by him. “The three youths have been brought to police station according to police,” added Sharma.
According to a source in the police, the case is yet to be registered till the time of filing this news report. However, there is no official confirmation.
Multiple efforts to speak to the OC of Tinsukia Sadar police station Nitul Das did not yield details of the cases. Das said that he was not in the station.
Attempts to speak to Tinsukia superintendent of police Shiladitya Chetia turned futile. A WhatsApp message sent to him is yet to get a response.
The district, meanwhile, recorded 188 cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. “Two patients from Tinsukia town, a 77-year-old male patient from Raja Ali Road and a 33-year-old male patient from railway colony, died at AMCH in Dibrugarh, taking Tinsukia district’s death toll to 26,” a source added.