JORHAT, Aug 4 - A Golaghat Police team led by a deputy superintendent of police today reportedly failed to bring the Chief Project Officer of NEEPCO (Doyang River Project) Priyabrata Das from neighbouring Doyang in Wokha district of Nagaland for questioning in the case registered against the hydro-electric power PSU yesterday at the Golaghat Police Station after Khumtai MLA Mrinal Saikia of the BJP lodged an FIR against NEEPCO, blaming the PSU for the current wave of floods in Golaghat district.
A police source said that Nagaland Police personnel stopped the Golaghat Police team at Bhandari area of Nagaland near the Assam-Nagaland border and forcefully prevented the Golaghat Police team to bring back Das.
Golaghat Superintendent of Police Manabendra Dev Ray told The AssamTribune this evening that the team was returning to Golaghat after bringing Das from Doyang when Nagaland Police forcefully stopped the convoy and prevented the NEEPCO official to be brought to Golaghat.
Ray said that in view of the said development, Golaghat Police has issued a notice to Das under Section 41 of the CrPC to appear before Golaghat Police tomorrow to cooperate in the investigation.
The SP said that if Das does not appear tomorrow, then necessary action as per the provision of law will be initiated.
Meanwhile, hundreds of flood-hit people today staged protest in front of the Golaghat Police Station demanding legal action against NEEPCO and full compensation to them by the Central power corporation for the losses sustained by them due to the floods.
It may be mentioned here that Saikia in his FIR alleged that due to release of �excess water� without prior information by the NEEPCO a few days back, had led to a sudden rise of water level in the Dhansiri and Doyang rivers and resulted in flood in the adjoining riverside areas. The surging waters inundated 90 villages and affected a population of over 54,000, while damaging dwelling houses and vast stretches of standing paddy crop.