CRPF IGP says fake encounter in Assam by Army, police, his force

Two suspected NDFB(S) men were killed in cold blood, weapons were planted, says CRPF IGP’s report

Written by Deeptiman Tiwary | New Delhi | Updated: May 24, 2017 12:06 pm

CRPF, Assam fake encounter, Assam newsAn Inspector General of Police, serving with the CRPF in the North East, has raised several questions regarding an encounter carried out in a joint operation by the Army, Assam Police, CRPF and the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) in Chirang district of Assam in the early hours of March 30 this year.

In his report sent to CRPF headquarters in Delhi, Gujarat cadre IPS officer Rajnish Rai, currently posted in Shillong with CRPF as IG, North East Sector, has alleged that the encounter — neat Simlaguri village under Amguri police station — that led to the death of two suspected members of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Songbijit), or NDFB(S) faction, was staged. And that the two men were picked up from a house in D-Kalling village and killed in cold blood in Simlaguri.

Calling for a full-fledged investigation, Rai has alleged that weapons were planted on their bodies.

The two killed were identified as Lucas Narzary alias N Langfa and David Islary alias Dayud.

He says he has witnesses who have identified the bodies as those of the two men who were picked up and that these witnesses are in his safe custody.

Rai’s report, dated April 17, 2017, is marked to Assam Chief Secretary V K Pipersenia; the then acting CRPF DG Sudeep Lakhtakia; Lt Gen A S Bedi, GOC, 4 Corps & Chairperson, Operational Group, Unified Command; Assam DG Mukesh Sahay; SSB DG Archana Ramasundaram and CRPF ADG (NE Zone) Mohd Javed Akhtar.

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The salient points made in the Rai’s report:

* GPS records show how a CRPF unit of the CoBRA visited the encounter spot in Simlaguri a few hours before the encounter. “It leads to the suspicion that the CoBRA (CCCC) team was trying to identify a suitable location where the alleged encounter with the NDFB(S) cadres could be stage managed,” Rai’s report says.

It refers to “discreet” enquiries by senior officers who contradict the official version of the events.

* It cites statements of witnesses who have identified the photograph of the two slain cadres as the men picked up from D-Kalling village on the night of the encounter. Rai has not attached their statements to protect the identity of the witnesses but claims they would be presented to an independent investigation team.

* An 11-year-old boy was present in the house from where the suspected NDFB(S) men were picked up. This boy, says the report, was taken away by a woman who lived in the adjacent house even as the operation was on.

* As per the Special Situation Report prepared by those involved in the operation, Team No. 15 of 210 CoBRA was involved in the operation. However, when the enquiry officer asked some of the men from the team, they flatly refused being part of it. The report says this shows there was something amiss as the same men were earlier taking credit for the operation.

* The report suggests that a team (of Assam police and Army) picked up the NDFB(S) cadres from D-Kalling village and then met another team at Ouguri. It was then that the decision to kill the duo was taken.

In his report, Rai has observed, “Had this unlawful act been committed by a group of a few deviant officers, I would not have been so concerned. However, since multiple security agencies were involved in this incident, it indicates a deeper institutional malady in the functioning of the country’s most prestigious security forces. It represents a dangerous deterioration and degradation of institutional processes.”

Calling custodial killings “worse than insurgency/militancy” because they have the authority of the state behind them, Rai says in the report: “Security forces do not have the right to kill them (dastardliest of criminals/militants) in cold blood under the cloak of larger societal good. Therefore, it is crucial to strike a balance between individual human rights and societal interests while combating insurgency. Failure to do so is a cure worse than the disease.”

On May 22, The Indian Express sent an email to the spokespersons of both the Army and the SSB for their comments on Rai’s report. Neither responded. Assam Chief Secretary did not respond to repeated calls and text messages over two days.

When asked about Rai’s report, Assam DG Mukesh Sahay said: “Whenever there is an encounter, there are laid down guidelines. All those guidelines are being strictly followed. An inspector general of police and a magistrate are enquiring into the matter. As far as this (Rai’s) report is concerned, we will think about taking cognisance of it after the magisterial enquiry is over.”

CRPF DG RR Bhatnagar said he would wait for Assam Police to complete its probe. “The report has already been sent to Assam police. It is their prerogative to investigate the matter. If their investigation finds anything wrong with the encounter, appropriate action will be taken,” he said.

Security personnel claimed to have recovered one 5.56 mm INSAS rifle along with magazine and twon live rounds 5.56 ammunition, nine empty cases of 5.56 ammunition, one 7.65 mm revolver along with three rounds of 7.65 ammunition, three empty cases of 7.65 ammunition and one Chinese hand grenade from their bodies.

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    muzafar
    May 25, 2017 at 12:56 pm
    Low grade slum called india where humans for thousands of years behaved as beasts!
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      Rajesh Kumar Misra
      May 24, 2017 at 8:35 pm
      The brutal kil s of innocent people by the terrorists & Maoists by planting bombs in the busy places is worse than the fake encounters. And then claiming the credit by the outfits for indulging in such ghastly is one more shameful act. What these pseudo liberals have to say about these acts? Communists of various shades, JNU wallahs and their ilk have no shame in supporting the nefarious acts of these anti-national elements. They probably don't understand the true meaning of a traitor! They need to be taught a lesson by all of us starting with condemning their stand by countering their baseless arguments. They should be openly shamed in public.
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        ANS
        May 24, 2017 at 5:42 pm
        Fake encounters have been happening during all governments of all political parties. Why are people blaming BJP here? There are always black sheep in all organizations including the security forces. The allegations of the IG need a proper enquiry not political partisanship.
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          dinesh yadav
          May 24, 2017 at 6:06 pm
          ANS how if u and u r father are fakely encountered and u r bodies thrown to vultures - then we will support fake encounters
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          Lovely
          May 24, 2017 at 5:21 pm
          This IGP is unfit for this post. It is better for him to join some anti national NGO. He must be from JNU.Even if it is fake encounter, he can not say it publically.
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            dinesh yadav
            May 24, 2017 at 5:32 pm
            lovely u r father feku and another do-ngi of UP cannot remove this great IGP y u r boa-sting u r 56 inch mam-maries - do u know IQ required to p IPS exam - by reading u r language i can bet u r 7 generations / full khandan cannot p IPS in 100 Yrs - go take bhang and sleep with ag-hori sadus
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            R K
            May 24, 2017 at 4:59 pm
            COUNTRY'S ARMED FORCES HAVE ALL POWER AND AUTHORITY TO KILL ALL THESE TERRORISTS AND THEIR SYMPATHIZERS AS WELL...I S POSING AS INDIANS MAKING FAKE POSTS HERE...BUT WE WILL FIGHT THEM AND WIPE THEM OUT.....THE KIL S SHALL CONTINUE....
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              kiran
              May 24, 2017 at 5:20 pm
              @ R K ( afraid to write name - ha ha ha ha ) 2 percent brahmins 5 percent banias and total 20 percent higher caste at war with 80 percent backwards labelled as ( traitors antinationals pa-kis naxals maoits ultras terrorits ) 20 percent higher caste can wipe out maximum 20 percent backwards remaining 60 percent sc st obc minorities will continue indian race and nation - and u will be annhilated completely
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                R K
                May 24, 2017 at 6:09 pm
                U .....dont divide hindus on casteist lines u Isi agents.....u s will never succeed in ur designs.....hindus will remain united...
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                  kiran
                  May 24, 2017 at 6:17 pm
                  @ R K it is fact my dear - i will examples 1 - brahmin sanghi nathuram godse killed bania M K g-an-dh-i 2- brahmin vajpayee sabotaged sindhi L K Advanis career 3- brahmin murli manohar joshi collapsed takhur V P Singh govt
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                my25pasise
                May 24, 2017 at 4:38 pm
                The only question should be how did this IGP come to this conclusion.....
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                  nilesh
                  May 24, 2017 at 4:45 pm
                  for that you have to first p IPS and work hard with talent to reach IG post - it is not a temple priest post brahmin father giving a son -
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                  Gautam Sarkar
                  May 24, 2017 at 4:14 pm
                  How do these reports come in the public domain
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                    ashutosh ghosh
                    May 24, 2017 at 4:43 pm
                    is u r fathers name is also not in public domain is it a secret -
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                    R K
                    May 24, 2017 at 3:58 pm
                    Dear IE...Your comments page is very unreflective of the people's opnion of the country...I dont know from where all the commies and anti nationals have joined in this forum....I see some pathetic losers and haters of NDA govt. posting their views here...please dont allow your message board to become a platform for such losers..names like Fekuthebutcher, even after modiji has been absolved of any wrongdoing in the Gujarat riots will only damage the re tion of your messageboard....
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                      AntiWahhabi
                      May 24, 2017 at 4:20 pm
                      What a loser. Pa nationalist reflecting peoples opinion. It seems your IT is not paying trolls enough to flood comments section with your Hate mongering
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