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SP’s transfer sparks protest in Silchar

SILCHAR, Jan 31: It was rather an unusual scene that from political party to some youth-student body resorted to agitation in protest against the transfer of a police officer. But Silchar presently experiencing such unusual development as the main opposition BJP as well as an influential youth organization All Barak Youth and Student Association (ABYSA) raised voice against the sudden transfer of Cachar SP Deepak Choudhary who, in a brief period of time, succeeded in instilling confidence among the commoners with his bold steps against the illegal check gates, liquor selling and even flesh trade. It was a known fact that Silchar police used to draw a huge amount of money from the illegal selling of wine in the unauthorized liquor shops and road side hotels. After the murder of a school boy in December, irate mob destroyed a road side dhaba. Choudhary, who took over the charge of the SP a few days back, vowed to take action against such illegal liquor shops. This had created ripple amid the police circle itself as they used to earn a lot from these unauthorized outlets. Further, Choudhary had withdrawn the check gates in Assam-Meghalaya and Assam-Mizoram borders. These check gates had turned out to be ‘machine room’ for the police which used to mint money. Police used to pass the overloaded trucks and for this they had to be paid. Money collected from the check gates reportedly reached the political bigwigs, even in Dispur. Choudhary had this way angered his political boss.
The BJP alleged that Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, driven by his anti-Barak stance had intentionally removed Choudhary from Silchar so that the law and order situation of the Valley remained unstable. ABYSA also made such allegations and even staged a sit-in dharna in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office. Baharul Islam of ABYSA told the transfer of Choudhary would encourage the mafia and the corrupt police officials. They demanded that the transfer order be revoked immediately. (SentinelAssam)

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