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Guwahati HC ordered Assam government to provide information of police shootouts 

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Ambika Bhardwaj

Published On: January 04, 2022 at 17:30 IST

According to PTI, the Guwahati High Court on Monday ordered the Assam government to show Case details of all accusation gunfights because the Bharatiya Janata Party was in power in May.

A bench consisting of Chief Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia and Justice Soumitra Saikia was listening a plea alleging the police of trying to stage more than 80 shootouts.

During Monday’s hearing, the Court asked Assam Advocate General Devajit Lon Saikia if the first information reports for each one of these gunfights had been lodged, as required by law. The judges also inquired about an internal official investigation by Saikia.

After Saikia stated that he lacked the necessary information, the court instructed him to send the information in next hearing on January 11, according to PTI.

Arif Jwadder, a Delhi-based litigator, claimed in his plea that twenty-eight people have already killed and also more than 48 have been wounded including over eighty gunfights organised by the Assam Police since May.

Jwadder doubted the Assam Police’s description of the gunfights’ methodology. In each of these instance, the police believed that they had no choice but to fight back in self-defense after the accused attempted to steal police officers’ revolvers.

According to Live Law, Jwadder has requested the court to issue orders charging the officers involved in the gunfights with murder.

He also requested a judicial investigation into the shootouts by a sitting Guwahati High Court Judge, as well as remuneration for the families of those who died in the gunfights.

Jwadder has given the name of the Assam Police, the state’s Department of Law and Justice, the National Human Rights Commission, and the Assam Human Rights Commission as parties in the Case, in addition with the state government.