Nagaland Police Kills Youth, Unprovoked Says Family
DIMAPUR: The only son among his five sisters, Dipanker Dey 's sudden death has left the family in the lurch. All of 22 and the sole bread winner for the family, Dey, has been killed by the police in an incident that has put a big question mark on safety of people on the streets.
The incident occcured on the night of August 22 at Rail Bazaar. As far as preliminary inquiry goes the shooting was unprovoked, while the police maintained that it was a ‘ case of stray incident involving a personnel who acted beyond the standard operating procedure”.
Representatives of the Dimapur Bengali Community have demanded suitable monetary compensation and a job for one of the girls in the family. As the parents are very old, there is now on one to take care of the family.
The Nagaland Police has not allowed the community to take out the funeral procession for security reasons.
The President of the Dimapur Bengali Hindu Community Tarun Nandi told The Citizen, "It is so unfortunate that there is on one to take care of the family now. After his death, there is no income in the family. There should be something concrete needs to done about it".
The victims Dipanker Dey and Mitlesh Sahu, were in an autorickshaw when they were fired upon by a policemen who was on petrol. Dey later succumbed to his bullet injury at the district hospital, while Sahu was wounded but after treatment discharged from the hospital on Tuesday.
Nandi further added, " We have met the Governor and the local MLA. Apart from that we want to do some peaceful processions if we would get the desired permissions. We have been assured that our demands will be heard. We have lodged a complaint with the police. We just want justice because the family has no fall back option".
The personnel whose identity was disclosed by the police as ‘Hay’ Samzai Zeliang commanding a section of the 13th NAP (IR). According to the police and media reports, “ the section was moving towards the RailBazar during which time the section commander halted one unregistered autorickshaw approaching their direction. It was around 10.30 pm.
But before the autorickshaw could come to a halt, the section commander opened fire from his service rifle ( AK 47). The bullet went through the windshield hitting Sahu, the driver on the shoulder. The bullet exited Sahu’s body and hit Dey on the chest, who was at the passenger seat. There werte two other passengers along with Dey who were unhurt. .
As per the police report,Dey sustained splinter wounds on the shoulder and neck as well. He was a resident of Kuda village and from Assam. The inmjured Sahu is from Samastipur, Bihar.
The erring personnel was immediately arrested and his service weapon seized, the police said, while a criminal case was registered at sub-urban police station.
The Dimapur police terming the incident as unfortunate described the action of the personnel as ‘uncalled for’ and assured ‘appropriate action against those guilty.
The Naga community and Naga council has also come forward in support of the family of deceased boy.