A police station in Assam’s Nagaon district was set afire by a mob on Saturday following an alleged case of custodial death of a local resident, a top police official said. Three of those involved in the arson were arrested and operations are on to nab the others, the official said.
The mob had set ablaze the Batadrava Police Station and several two-wheelers in the afternoon following the death of a fish trader who was allegedly detained by police late on Friday evening when he was going to take a bus for Sivsagar. It was not clear why he was detained.
Nagaon Superintendent of Police Leena Doley said, “Some miscreants had attacked the Batadrava Police Station in the afternoon and set it ablaze.” for his release, and his wife visited the police station with a duck in the morning. When she returned with the money later, she learned that her husband had been taken to Nagaon Civil Hospital. After reaching there, she found him dead, they claimed .
Alleging that the man died because of torture, villagers robbed the police station, allegedly assaulted on-duty police personnel and then torched the police station. Videos of the incident showed a woman sprinkling some inflammable liquid on two-wheelers parked in front of the police station and setting them on fire. The blaze engulfed the police station soon after and fire tenders later brought the flames under control.
The SP, who visited the spot after the incident, said police are analyzing all video footage available. On allegations that police demanded a bribe to release the man, Doley said all charges will be investigated and if anyone is found guilty, steps will be taken.