Guwahati: Journalists took to the streets on Tuesday protesting against alleged police atrocities on a scribe at Kakopathar in Upper Assam’s Tinsukia district. The State Government has transferred Deputy Inspector-General of Police (Eastern Range) Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta in response to their demand for action against guilty police officials.
Ending a three-day agitation journalists took out a march from the Guwahati Press Club here to the Deputy Commissioner’s office.
A memorandum addressed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was submitted to Deputy Commissioner, Kamrup (Metropolitan), Sameer Sinha. Leaders of the All Assam Students’ Union and the Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad also took part in the march.
Earlier a two-day boycott of all official functions and statements by both the print and electronic media was announced to protest `police atrocities’ on the Kakopathar correspondent of Asomiya Pratidin, Rabin Dhekial Phukan.
To move Press Council Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi told a press conference that the Government had transferred the DIG (Eastern Range) for the incident. He, however, reiterated his stand that Mr. Phukan was leading a procession and was not covering the protest march at Kakopathar on that date. He said the Government would move the Press Council in this regard.
Mr. Gogoi accused the Opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) of instigating Kakopathar people to tarnish the image of the Congress Government. The Government had already ordered a judicial probe into the incidents. If demanded, it was ready to order a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation.
Death of a farmer, Ajit Mahanta, in Tinsukia district sparked off a protest in Kakopathar leading to the death of nine persons in police firing on February 10