Amarpur 21, November 23: In an escalating situation in Birganj, police have detained two officers involved in the recovery of a mother and daughter’s bodies from the Dombur Reservoir. The Birganj police station is currently conducting an investigation, but enraged locals have surrounded the station, accusing the police of not only mishandling the case but also engaging in vandalism. Tensions reached a boiling point, leading the police to deploy tear gas, resulting in several women sustaining injuries from the chaos.
This incident follows the recent discovery of bodies in the Gomti district, where a couple reported their missing wife and daughter. The husband, Jogal Kishor Jamatia, filed a complaint with the Ompi police station, narrating that he had seen his wife and daughter riding a bike with an unknown person towards Amarpur New Market, Chep, in the Dombur Reservoir area.
Police launched an investigation, successfully recovering a bike with the registration number TR03L8885 from the Amarpur New Market area. After a thorough search, two suspects were apprehended during a late-night operation, leading to their interrogation at the Birganj police station.
However, local residents dispute the police version of events, alleging that the police not only used excessive force during the arrest but also resorted to tear gas and baton charges without provocation. The police deny the use of batons and assert that tear gas was only deployed to disperse an agitated crowd, maintaining that no injuries occurred as a result.
Amidst the conflicting narratives, Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Debajani Roy from Amarapur denies the allegations of police brutality and emphasizes that tear gas was used solely to control the crowd’s agitation. Despite police attempts to pacify the situation, locals remain steadfast in their demand for justice, expressing their grievances against law enforcement. The standoff continues as both sides stand firm on their accounts of the incident, leaving the community in Birganj tense and divided.