Dacoit killed in police encounter in Assam; 3-month’s toll rises counts 17

A dacoit was killed in a police encounter when he tried to escape from custody in Assam’s Darrang district on Wednesday, a senior officer said. With the encounter, 17 accused have been killed and 31 others injured in Assam as they allegedly attempted to evade arrest or escape from police custody since the Himanta Biswa Sarma government assumed office on May 10. The deceased was the key accused in the murder of noted advocate Binoy Kumar Ghosh (85), president of the Mangaldoi Chamber of Commerce and a key member of the district bar association, in 2014, the officer said, adding that the dacoit’s body has been sent for post-mortem examination.

a drug trafficker was killed last week and two others, including a police officer, injured in an encounter with a gang of drug dealers in Nagaon district. The unabated police encounters have led the opposition and a section of the civil society to accuse the police under the second BJP government in the state of indulging in "open killings".

The Assam Human Rights Commission has taken suo moto cognizance of the encounters and asked the state government on July 7 to institute an inquiry into the circumstances that led to the casualties in the police encounters.

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