Assam criminal shot

Tinsukia: In yet another instance of Assam Police firing at an alleged criminal wanted in several cases, a man planning a dacoity was shot in Assam’s Dibrugarh district on Wednesday morning, taking the shooting count to over 42 since May.

Biman Bora, also the accused in the Gunjan Sharma kidnapping case, has been arrested and admitted to the Assam Medical College and Hospital.

Superintendent of Dibrugarh police Shwetank Mishra said based on information regarding Biman Bora, who was planning dacoity, a police team was launched at Kanjikhowa under Chabua police station to apprehend him. “On spotting police team, Bora fired two rounds and was injured in retaliatory fire,” said Mishra.

“We have recovered a 7.6 mm pistol and four live rounds from the spot,” added Mishra.

Bora is a history-sheeter and accused in many several cases of robbery, kidnapping, car lifting and extortion cases. He was the main accused in the kidnapping of a class 8 student, Gunjan Sharma, from Simaluguri in 2013, who was later safely rescued after a massive police operation.

Ever since the formation of the new government in Assam led by Himanta Biswa Sarma, Assam is witnessing a series of police encounters in which either an alleged criminal has been killed or injured.

According to sources, since May around 22 criminals, including insurgents have been killed during police encounters, while more than 30 criminals have been injured in such incidents. “The criminals were largely wanted in murder, dacoity, rape cases besides cow smuggling and drug peddling,” sources added.

However, based on a complaint by a lawyer, the National Human Rights Commission registered a case and sought a reply from the Director-General of Assam Police Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta.

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