Rajkiya Barua hit-and-run case: Assam DGP admits to lapse in initial phase of investigation

Naveen Bharat Editorial

GUWAHATI: Assam DGP Bhaskarjyoti Mahanta admitted to lapses in the initial phase of investigation into a case in which a model rammed eight laborers with her car in Guwahati on the night of October 1.

Mahant said that when he came to know about the incident, he called up a police officer and reprimanded his superiors for not keeping them in the loop. “I directed that a case be registered under culpable homicide not amounting to murder. I told him to monitor it properly. Mistakes were made in the initial phase of the investigation and the process of punitive action is on.

Two police officers have already been “reserved”.

Femina Miss India 2016 contestant Rajkanya Barua was able to get bail soon after the incident. Later, after the intervention of Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, the police arrested him from a private hospital. One of the injured laborers had to have his leg amputated.

Navneel Barua, a doctor working in a private hospital, is now under investigation for trying to save the model by being admitted to the ICU.

Talking about his phone conversation with the doctor, the DGP said, “He had told me that the woman has suicidal tendencies and therefore, if she is arrested, we should take precautions. I said it would be taken care of.”

The Mahant said that the laborers have been injured due to someone’s negligence, arrogance and drunken behaviour. The police should have made a strong case by subscribing the relevant sections of the IPC and put it before the court. But that was not done, he lamented.

When asked about an MLA, who had allegedly tried to save the model from the police, Mahant said, “I have asked the DCP to find out which party it is (in a five-star hotel). Was. I said the CCTV footage needs to be collected and examined.

“The woman was medically examined, but I suspect that they (investigating officers) demanded a test to find out if she was intoxicated. I wrote a letter yesterday to the officers-in-charge of police stations, asking them to ensure that proper sections are slapped while registering the case,” said the top cop.

Meanwhile, for the second consecutive day on Saturday, the police questioned the doctor in question.

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