DHUBRI, July 17 - The case of the arrest of a local journalist working for an electronic media has been transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for proper enquiry, informed Assam ADGP GP Singh.
Rajib Sarma was apprehended at around 2 am on Thursday from his residence on the basis of an FIR lodged by Dhubri DFO Biswajit Roy with Dhubri PS.
Sarma�s ailing father died of cardiac arrest following the arrest of his son.
The incident triggered a statewide reaction and many well-known personalities have condemned the arrest of the scribe at the early hours. Many have also termed the way the arrest was made a sheer violation of human rights.
On Friday, Singh visited Dhubri and stated that the CID will investigate the entire case. He also stated that the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Cell will investigate the DFO, Dhubri case separately.
It may be mentioned here that Sarma broadcasted news related to the corruption of Dhubri DFO after which, the case against him was filed.
Singh also added that an SIT investigation will be initiated against the role of Dhubri police during the last two years.
On Thursday evening, the Dhubri CJM granted interim bail to the journalist till Saturday for completion of the last rites of his father and a case was filed with the national human�s rights commission about the arrest.
The ADGP further stated, �I have done the preliminary enquiry today and will submit my findings to the DGP and the CM.�
Meanwhile, our Staff Reporter from Guwahati adds: A delegation of Assam BJP leaders led by State unit president Ranjeet Kumar Dass today met Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and demanded an enquiry into the incident of arrest of senior journalist Rajiv Sarma by Dhubri police.
The State BJP condemned the police action of arresting Sarma at 2 am and called upon the Chief Minister to order an impartial enquiry into the matter.
The party also submitted a memorandum to the Director General of Police (DGP) on the issue.
Meanwhile, a press release received here today stated that the Journalists Association of Assam (JAA ) and the National Union of Journalists India (NUJI) have condemned the arrest of Rajib Sarma.
Police arrested Rajib at 2 am, picking him up from his house in relation to an FIR lodged by forest officer Biswajit Roy. JAA president Dhirendra Nath Chakravartty and Chief Advisor cum NUJI Vice President Bhupen Goswami said: �Arresting a journalist at midnight like a dreaded terrorist is a sheer attack on press freedom and freedom of expression. The JAA and NUJI have expressed shock at the arrest and demanded unconditional release of the scribe.�