Assam: 1 Person Dead in Police Custody, Locals Set Batadrava PS on Fire

According to allegations made by the locals, Safiqul was beaten to death in police custody after he had refused to pay the bribe demanded by officials of the Batadrava Police Station.
Assam: 1 Person Dead in Police Custody, Locals Set Batadrava PS on Fire
Angry locals set the Batadrava Police Station on fire in Assam's Nagon district

The situation turned volatile at Batadrava in Assam’s Nagaon district after one person died in police custody on Saturday.

The deceased has been identified as Safiqul Islam, a resident of Salonabari in Dhing.

According to allegations made by the locals, Safiqul was beaten to death in police custody after he had refused to pay the bribe demanded by officials of the Batadrava Police Station.

The officials reportedly demanded an amount of Rs 10,000, a duck and a chicken from Safiqul’s family for his release.

The Batadrava police had arrested Safiqul on Friday evening when he was on his way to sell fish.

An angry mob set the police station on fire today and also attacked two police officers on duty.

Angry locals set Batadrava Police Station on fire
Angry locals set Batadrava Police Station on fire

Meanwhile, fire tenders arrived at the spot to douse the blazing fire.

On the other hand, Nagaon superintendent of police (SP) Leena Doley, who also arrived at the spot said that three persons have been arrested in connection with the case.

Doley said, “We have already started investigations into the incident. We will soon identify all persons who have set the police station on fire. We have already arrested three persons in connection to the incident.”

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