ITANAGAR, June 6 - Arunachal Pradesh Governor JP Rajkhowa today suggested the �big brother� Assam to immediately take necessary steps for securing the lives of people travelling by bus or cars, by setting in motion the system of �highway police patrolling� on a regular basis.
The Governor�s appeal came barely two days after his wife Rita Rajkhowa went through a �horrifying� episode while travelling through the National Highway-37 from Guwahati to Itanagar, in a Raj Bhavan car.
It was on June 4, when the Governor�s better half Rita Rajkhowa accompanied by a PSO of Assam Police, was travelling in the car, driven by driver Jitumoni Nath and all of a sudden, one white Swift D�zire car bearing registration No. AS-01BS-3236 chased her car and at about 11:45 am dangerously overtook her car after crossing Sonapur in the outskirts of Guwahati.
There were six miscreants in that car, including the driver, and they tried to stop Rita Rajkhowa�s vehicle by giving hand signals and shouting. However, as the persons were unknown to her, the car was not stopped. Rita Rajkhowa asked her driver to increase the speed of the car as much as possible, and that way, they could save themselves, as they were almost reaching Khetri town.
In the meantime, Rita informed her husband, the Governor, who informed Arunachal DGP in-charge Nabin Payeng and also the Commissioner of Police, Guwahati, Mukesh Agrawal and requested them to provide necessary security to his wife and do the needful to apprehend the culprits.
Meanwhile, near Dharamtul police station, they were provided with an escort party from Nellie. A police party was sent from Arunachal side too and finally, Rita along with her PSO and driver reached Itanagar at 8 pm.
Later, an FIR was submitted to SP, Kamrup (East) and registered as No. 117/16 at Sonapur PS, informing about the terrifying experience of the First Lady and requesting the police to nab the miscreants and bring them to justice. The miscreants, besides threatening the First Lady and two other occupants with threatening tones and trying to stop the vehicle, caused fear and apprehension of danger to their lives, said a communique from the Raj Bhavan here.
Acting swiftly on the complaint, Arunachal DGP in-charge Nabin Payeng, Police Commissioner of Guwahati Mukesh Agrawal and Kamrup (East) SP Manmohan Boro took very prompt steps and subsequently, six miscreants could be arrested by the Sonapur police within 24 hours.
It was reported that three suspects including the owner of the vehicle were from Assam and two of the miscreants were from Ghaziabad, UP and another from Muzaffarabad, UP. They were identified as Dharmendra Kumar of Muzaffarabad, UP, Hiranya Hazarika (Guwahati), Md Akthar and Md Naseem (both from Ghaziabad, UP), and Ranjit Saikia and Ashim Hazarika (both from Sonitpur).
Though Sonapur Police has been making investigation into the case and they are looking into different angles in order to find out the actual motive of the criminals, Assam DGP Mukesh Sahay has assured of a thorough investigation into the case and that he will be supervising the investigation of the case personally to ensure justice.
Staff Reporter adds: Police today arrested four miscreants from Guwahati�s Fatasil Ambari area in connection with the road rage incident and they were produced in the CJM Court that remanded them to two days� police custody.