GUWAHATI, June 9 � Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today expressed his inability to bring the perpetrators of the infamous �secret killings� to justice, saying that the judicial process could not establish the guilt of most of those involved for want of evidence.
Answering a question at a press conference whether his Government was helpless on the matter, Gogoi said: �Conviction is very difficult in the secret killing cases due to absence of evidence. This is despite the fact that the Saikia Commission had referred to the involvement of the (AGP) government machinery in the secret killings, as those could not have taken place without tacit support of the ruling power.�
Gogoi said that the Congress Government at least facilitated a judicial inquiry into the secret killings and also compensated all the 176 families of the victims of the killings.
�The AGP is unnecessarily playing politics on the issue, as the judicial commission had pointed towards its involvement in it,� he added.
Gogoi said that in insurgency-related killings as well, it was difficult to take the legal proceedings to their logical conclusion for want of adequate evidence.
On the recent kidnapping and murder of Agriculture official Gadapani Pathak, Gogoi said that new revelations hinting at possible involvement of officials were emerging.