A posse of policemen allegedly barged inside of the compound of house of Bokakhat-based political activist Pranab Doley in Assam late on Wednesday night.
While Doley claimed that the policemen left abruptly when residents approached the cops, Bokakhat Police said that they are not aware of any such incident.
Doley, a young activist and local leader who has been campaigning for the land rights of people living in the vicinity of Kaziranga National Park and against the violation of human rights of the farmers, recently announced his candidature for the upcoming Assam state assembly elections.
The activist told EastMojo he had finished dinner with some guests at around 11:30 PM when policemen entered his compound. “We heard the dogs barking. When we went out to check, we saw the policemen inside our compound. We approached them about their sudden entry to our compound. However, when they saw me and others, they immediately fled from our compound,” Doley alleged.
Bokakhat Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO), Prithvi Rajkhowa denied the allegations. “We have no information about any incident of this sort. If these so-called police personnel are from another district, we would not know. Police from other districts in Assam can carry out operations. It is not required for them to inform anyone about it including local police,” Rajkhowa told EastMojo. Golaghat District Superintendent of Police, Pushparaj Singh said the district police does not have any knowledge about such operations. “At present, Doley does not have any case against him under our jurisdiction,” Singh added.
On February 3, Congress-Left-AIUDF Mahajot backed Pranab Doley, as the alliance released a preliminary list of candidates to be contesting in the Assam elections. In Bokakhat constituency, Doley is likely to contest against sitting MLA and Assam Agricultural Minister Atul Bora.