MANGALDAI, July 25 � The Government, it seems is very much concerned about the safety and security of the womenfolk and the senior citizens. For this reason, several new laws have been enacted from time to time. However, these statutory enactments may not be effective while providing justice to a victim of inhuman physical torture.
In this case, the victim is an elderly woman from a remote village and the offender is a senior official of the Government. Octogenarian Mossa Khairun Nessa, wife of Bahazuddin Ahmed of village Rahmanpur under Silbori police outpost of Dalgaon Police Station, was allegedly severely beaten up by the Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) of Mangaldai Wildlife Division, who is a cadre of the prestigious IFS, in what is a clear example where equal rights for justice before the eyes of the law turns ineffective.
As per available reports, on April 24 last at about 7 am, DFO Sushil Kumar Daila allegedly physically tortured the octogenarian village lady on the boundary of the Orang National Park causing severe injury on her body. On the following day, the lady with a hope of getting justice filed an FIR at the Silbori police outpost stating that the forest official along with four-five security personnel had mercilessly beaten her up and caused serious injuries on her body as she went inside the park in search of her missing calf. The Dalgaon police immediately registered a case vide Dalgaon PS Case No. 166/14 under Sections 341/342/427/325/354 (B)/34 of the Indian Penal Code (State vs. SK Daila).
On hearing the news of the brutality committed upon an innocent old village lady by the DFO, several hundred aggrieved villagers, including women, staged a mass protest in front of the police station demanding immediate action against the erring forest official. But the police, who are very prompt in booking the common and the general people even in petty matters, allegedly failed to initiate any legal action on the forest official, as the offender belongs to the prestigious IFS cadre, even after three months of registering the case. At the same time, the police in Darrang district has been taking all possible efforts to safeguard the senior forest official.
Significantly, a case registered under Section 354(B) of the Indian Penal Code is non-bailable. Yet, showing total ignorance of the law of the land, the police has been showing a very indifferent attitude in this regard. Not to speak of arresting the erring official, the police due to reasons best known to them, till date has not even interrogated the accused officer.
When being contacted, the officer in-charge of Dalgaon Police Station, inspector Daya Ram Saikia told the media that investigation was going on and sub-inspector Kartik Barua, the in-charge of Silbori police outpost has been entrusted as the investigating officer in the case.
Meanwhile, the role of the police has drawn flak from the conscious circles here who have demanded the intervention of the Police Accountability Commission in this regard. Surprisingly, the All Assam Minority Students� Union (AAMSU), which is often found to be making tall claims of its concerns for protecting the rights of the minority community, has been maintaining a deafening silence, as till date it has not uttered a single word on this matter relating to a serious violation of human rights.
It has been learnt that the State Government has promoted this erring DFO as a Conservator of Forest with his posting in the Mangaldai Wildlife Division just at a time when a criminal case is pending against him. It may be mentioned here that the accused, Sushil Kumar Daila had been serving in the Mangaldai Wildlife Division as the DFO for more than four years, setting a precedence of violation of the Government�s policy.