GUWAHATI, Nov 26 � If bail is a right of every accused, the right is being seriously misused!
There may be divided opinion from various custodians of law on the issue, but it is the common man who is often found at the receiving end of these habitual offenders.
The latest incident of a kidnapping bid of a city-based doctor under Jalukbari police station brought to the fore shocking involvement of not only those who had been released on bail but also those charge-sheeted not once but twice for serious charges like murder.
Police had arrested Chandan Kalita (28), Bikash Medhi (28) and Safikul Islam (32) last night for planning abduction of a city-based doctor and also recovered a 7.65 pistol with five rounds of ammunition.
Shockingly, Safikul Islam who was sent to judicial custody for his alleged involvement in abduction of a Air force jawan under Azara police station came out on bail on November 20, got his seized car released on the subsequent day and plotted another abduction on November 24 using the same vehicle, which was again seized.
Similarly, Chandan Kalita was arrested and charge-sheeted in two sensational murder cases reported in Guwahati and Nalbari in 2011 and 2012 respectively where two businessmen were shot dead and valuables looted. He was wanted in another case related to abduction for ransom registered under the Dispur police station.
This was Kalita�s fourth back to back offence of which Sections of IPC along with Arms Act were attributed.
The third offender Bikash Kalita, according to police, is also wanted in some earlier cases.
Medhi was the prime accused in the kidnapping for ransom of one Md. Mokibul Hussain from Bhagaduttapur area reported in July this year under Dispur police station, in which he was evading arrest.
Medhi was also arrested recently in connection with Gohpur police station case no 162/14 U/S 379 IPC and Jorhat police station case number 1407/14 U/S 379 IPC.
Senior Superintendent of police (city) AP Tiwari said that the department was contemplating legal options to stop the alarming trend.