Tinsukia violence: Police had no option but to open fire, says DGP

Tinsukia Deputy Commissioner Puru Gupta said more security forces were deployed.

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati | Published: April 13, 2016 2:25 am
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A DAY after 11 people were killed — 10 of them due to electrocution — after police opened fire to disperse an irate mob which had entered and ransacked a police station at Pengeri in Tinsukia district over the murder of two persons, officials Tuesday said the situation was “under control but tense”.

“The police had no option left but to open fire in order to disperse the crowd that broke the gates, entered the police station and damaged a lot of property. But while only one person died due to bullet injury, the remaining 10 died because of electrocution,” Assam DGP Mukesh Sahay told The Indian Express.

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“The electrocution is believed to have taken place when a high-tension wire got snapped after it was apparently hit by a bullet. But we are still investigating how the wire actually snapped,” he said. Tinsukia Deputy Commissioner Puru Gupta said more security forces were deployed.

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