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Govt refutes allegation of lathi-charge on protestors

By STAFF REPORTER

GUWAHATI, Feb 8 - Refuting allegations that protestors of the Pratibandhi Suraksha Sanstha were lathi-charged during their agitation at Dispur Supermarket area here on October 5, 2018, State Industry and Commerce Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary today told the Assembly that the protestors pelted stones at police and broke the security barricade.

Replying to a call attention by Congress member Rupjyoti Kurmi, Patowary � on behalf of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who is in charge of the Home Department � said that while staging a protest in favour of their various demands, the protestors violated the norms and got engaged in a scuffle with security personnel.

�ADCP (East) Amitabh Basumatary did not order any baton charge on the protestors and the allegations brought against him are baseless. The protestors were injured when police tried to put them in a bus to control the protest,� he added.

The Minister also informed the House that the State Police Accountability Commission was conducting an inquiry into the incident apart from two different cases taken up by the National Human Rights Commission and the State Human Rights Commission.

Speaker Hitendra Nath Goswami, however, said that since the protestors were physically challenged, police should have been more sensitive while handling their protest.

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Govt refutes allegation of lathi-charge on protestors

GUWAHATI, Feb 8 - Refuting allegations that protestors of the Pratibandhi Suraksha Sanstha were lathi-charged during their agitation at Dispur Supermarket area here on October 5, 2018, State Industry and Commerce Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary today told the Assembly that the protestors pelted stones at police and broke the security barricade.

Replying to a call attention by Congress member Rupjyoti Kurmi, Patowary � on behalf of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who is in charge of the Home Department � said that while staging a protest in favour of their various demands, the protestors violated the norms and got engaged in a scuffle with security personnel.

�ADCP (East) Amitabh Basumatary did not order any baton charge on the protestors and the allegations brought against him are baseless. The protestors were injured when police tried to put them in a bus to control the protest,� he added.

The Minister also informed the House that the State Police Accountability Commission was conducting an inquiry into the incident apart from two different cases taken up by the National Human Rights Commission and the State Human Rights Commission.

Speaker Hitendra Nath Goswami, however, said that since the protestors were physically challenged, police should have been more sensitive while handling their protest.