SHILLONG, Jan 4 � Regretting as an �unfortunate incident� the Assam Rifles today paid an interim relief of Rs 50,000 to Bhanu Ghosh, a speech-impaired person who was assaulted by one of its personnel.
Ghosh was severely assaulted by one Anand Singh, an Assam Rifles jawan, on December 20. He is now recuperating in GNRC Hospital in Guwahati with head injuries. It�s been alleged that Singh was in an inebriated state when he assaulted Ghosh near the Director General�s office of Assam Rifles at Laitumkhrah here.
Laitumkhrah MLA and Minister in-charge Education Ampareen Lyngdoh led a delegation of eminent residents of the locality to the DGAR office this morning.
After a meeting with senior officials of the force it was learnt that Rs 50,000 was handed over by the Assam Rifles as an �interim relief� towards medical treatment of Ghosh.
Singh, the alleged culprit, is now in judicial custody. The Assam Rifles on its own has instituted a Court of Inquiry to probe into the incident. �The Assam Rifles regret this unfortunate incident and have paid an interim relief of Rs 50,000 to the victim on humanitarian ground,� Assam Rifles PRO, KS Bajwa said.
The officer added a Court of Inquiry of the force would probe if Singh was indeed guilty of the accusation. �If our man is guilty then the Court of Inquiry would pronounce appropriate punishment,� he said.
Earlier in the morning the Laitumkhrah Dorbar Pyllun (a traditional body) observed a �black flag protest� in front of DGAR office.