Himanta Biswa asks police to file chargesheets in all pending rape, murder cases in 6 months

Himanta Biswa asks police to file chargesheets in all pending rape, murder cases in 6 months

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GUWAHATI: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday asked the police to complete the probe and file chargesheets in all pending rape, murder, drugs, extortion, and arms cases across the state within the next six months.

Biswa Sarma issued the instruction to the Officers In-Charge (OCs) of all police stations across the state at the first-ever face-to-face meeting between the OCs and the chief minister here.

Sarma, who also holds the Home portfolio, said that if there is a delay in getting forensic test reports, samples can be sent to forensic laboratories outside the state also.

Sarma also asked the OCs to form teams in their police stations and take the help of the CID in preparing the charge sheets, adding that the OCs will be transferred out of the district every two years without any political interference.

50 percent of the pending police cases in the state can be disposed of if charge sheets are submitted quickly, he further opined.

The chief minister also asserted that cow smuggle crimes should be dealt with very strictly.

Sarma said, "A cow is like God for us, providing us with milk, dung, helping us in farming, etc. Our fathers were dependent on cows for survival and we have gone down to such a level that we are into cattle smuggling now."

He has asked the OCs of Srirampur, Gossaigaon, Dhubri, and Sagolia, which are along the border with West Bengal and Bangladesh, specifically to remain vigilant.

Likewise, if anyone indulges in cattle theft within the state, stringent measures as per the law will be adopted, he added.

Sarma further asked the OCs to ensure that police verification certificates for job aspirants should be issued within seven days, with the police personnel themselves informing the person concerned that it has been issued.

Similarly, there should not be any delay in case of police clearance for issue or renewal of passports also, he added.

Sarma also added that families of people killed in road traffic accidents must be given the police report within 15 days. Once the post-mortem report reaches the police station, there should be no delay at the thana level, he said.

Later talking to reporters after the conference, the chief minister complimented the police force for being able to crack many cases in the recent days.

"Cattle smuggling has been almost neutralised, a massive operation against drugs is going on and trafficking of women has come down drastically," he added.

More resources will be at the disposal of the police force after the Budget session this month, enabling them to perform even better, Sarma added.

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