JORHAT, June 10 - A police officer has alleged that Jorhat MP Kamakhya Prasad Tasa and the district president of the BJP, Santanu Pujari had abused him verbally at the Garmur Police Outpost demanding the release of an accused person recently from whose residence the police had recovered a country-made pistol, a few rounds of ammunition and an explosive.
Though both the police officer and the MP blamed the other of unruly behaviour, neither has lodged any formal complaint with the competent authority even after four days after the incident.
According to the in charge (IC) of Garmur Police Outpost, the incident took place on June 3 at his police outpost where an accused person was kept for interrogation as the police had recovered arms and ammunition from his residence.
The police officer said that one of the younger brothers of the MP had tried to get the accused released from the police vehicle while the officer and his constables were taking him to the police outpost for questioning.
�However, he failed to do so even though he threatened me giving references of the honourable MP Kamakhya Tasa. But when the MP and the district president abused me harshly at my police outpost, I suddenly lost consciousness and the accused person was released from our outpost though we recovered arms and ammunition from his possession,� the police officer told reporters.
However, the complainant police officer did not lodge any FIR and rather revealed the incident before a section of the media a few days back, raising serious doubts about the authenticity of his version among the senior police officers of the district.
Addressing a press conference on Friday, Tasa said that neither he nor the district president Santanu Pujari had abused the police officer. �The police officer had abused me and Santanu Pujari. When I asked him about a case of land-grabbing, he suddenly started behaving rudely. He even forgot that an MP was observing his behaviour. I did not demand the release of the accused,� said Tasa.
Tasa said that the police officer had levelled baseless allegations against him and the district president Santanu Pujari to malign their public image.
�I sent a letter to the Chief Minister today requesting a probe into the case. The case should be investigated properly as it has maligned my image. I never said anything to release the accused person. The accused was released from the police outpost before my presence there. I went there only to see the arms and ammunition which were recovered from a nearby location of my own residence,� said Tasa.
He also said that a complaint has been lodged with the Jorhat SP narrating the unruly behaviour of the police officer. �I need an unbiased probe which will bring out the facts,� said Tasa.