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Probe on into Dhula incident

By Staff reporter

GUWAHATI, July 12 � The State Government today said that an Additional District Magistrate has been asked by the Darrang Deputy Commissioner to enquire into the July 3 Dhula incident of police firing, which resulted in the death of one civilian and injuries to 14 others, including 11 police men.

This incident has compelled the Government to allow poor families to submit their applications for deriving benefits under the Mukhyamantrir Anna Surakshya Yojana in photo copies of the proforma forms or in white paper. They will only have to supply the required information for the purpose in their applications.

Their applications may be submitted to the offices of the Block Development Officers, said Minister Rokybul Hussain while making the statement on the issue on behalf of the Government on the floor of the State Assembly.

The Minister said in his statement that a big crowd of people tried to collect the forms meant for the targeted beneficiaries under the above scheme on July 3 at Dhula. The day being a market day, the number of people assembled at the spot was much. The authorities set up 11 counters to distribute the forms to the beneficiaries of 11 gaon panchayats under East Mangaldoi Development Block.

Some unruly persons incited disorder among the people and police personnel deployed there had to face a hard time controlling the crowd. A mob damaged the furniture, computer etc in the BDO's office. This forced the police to burst tear gas shells.

But the mob damaged the vehicles of the Circle Inspector, Executive Magistrate and the Additional Superintendent of Police. The stone pelted by the mob led to injuries of the CI and ten police personnel. One of them received serious injury.

This made the police open fire on the mob to bring the situation under control. As a consequence, Gajiur Rahman, Rajav Ali, Jainal Abedin and Ciku Ali received injuries and all of them were rushed to the Mangaldai Civil Hospital. Gajiur Rahman died at the hospital, said the Minister.

The situation at Dhula that day could be brought under control with the arrival of police reinforcement, the Minister said.

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