Burha Police atrocity case turns to “Love-Jihad”

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Even as the Assam Police have launched a damage control investigation to the stripped-torture case, the fringe elements are trying to give it a communal colour through the Love Jihad Angle.

This afternoon, the Assam Police DIG (CWR) Brojenjit Sinha have started an investigation and personally interrogated all the accused while NHRC slapped case against two Assam Police officials who were accused of beating three women in a police station.

A case has been filed on Tuesday against an Assam police officer and a constable for allegedly torturing a pregnant woman and her sisters inside a police station in the state’s Darrang district.

Reports said that the two police personnel, Mahendra Sarma and Binita Boro, had also been suspended after the criminal cases were filed against them.

In the meantime, the case has taken a communal turn with love Jihad angle as the brother of the tortured three women was accused of kidnapping Hindu women.

Although initially it was considered as love eloping, now it has turned out to be an alleged kidnapping of a Hindu girl by the Muslim Boy.  The Muslim Boy was already arrested and in jail.

The three women accused the officials of “custodial torture, including being stripped, kicked and beaten with lathis”, after they were picked up after a case was registered against their brother for allegedly kidnapping a Hindu woman.

The sisters, aged 28, 30 and 18, had written a “detailed” account of the incident in a complaint to police saying Sarma and Boro “stripped us naked, assaulted us and touched our private parts”.

On the day they were picked up, the assault only stopped the after their brother, who was reportedly in Meghalaya’s Shillong with the woman he had allegedly kidnapped, surrendered at the police outpost. The women told reporters that the two were involved in an affair and there was no instance of kidnapping.

“He arrived with the girl at 6.30 am at the outpost. He asked them why we were tortured for a case against him. They beat him too. We believe the two of them (her brother and the woman) were involved in a full-fledged affair,” one of the sisters was quoted as saying by the media.

However this has been contested by the girl family and now even the girl has also been talking in that line, giving the Love-Jihad angle a strong impetus.

According to Amrit Bhuyan, Darrang superintendent of police was quoted as saying that the family of the Hindu woman had filed a case of kidnapping against the brother. Reportedly, the police also claimed that the woman told them she had been taken “forcibly”.

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