Angry mob sets police station on fire after Assam police kill Muslim man in custody

Dispur, May 23 (KMS): An angry mob set a police station on fire in Nagaon district of Assam state in India in reaction to the alleged killing of a Muslim youth in police custody, the other day.

In retaliation the police on Sunday demolished the residences of five Muslim families on the charge of being involved in setting afire the police station in the Indian state.

“We are investigating the allegations. Three have been detained among persons who attacked the police station. Two police personnel have been injured in the attack,” said Leena Doley, superintendent of police.

“We take the unfortunate death of Safiqul Islam very seriously and have put the OC of Batadraba thana on suspension and the rest of the staff closed. If there is any foul play at our end, we mean to find that and punish the guilty according to the law. No second thoughts,” said Assam director general of police Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta.

He claimed that the police station was set on fire as part of an organised attack.

The DGP tried to justify the demolition of the houses by saying: “Local bad elements took law onto their own hands and burnt down the thana. These bad elements came in all forms: women, men, young and old. But the preparedness with which they came, the ferocious, organised attack they staged on police has made us think deeper. We do not think these are grieving relatives of the dead, but as we have identified, they were bad characters and their relatives have criminal records- records that were there within the thana. Proof, incrementing evidences – all burnt down”.

“We will act even tougher against elements who think that they can escape the Indian justice system, by burning down police stations. We will simply not allow this. Let this be a warning to all antisocial and criminal elements,” said DGP Mahanta.