Kin allege corruption in transfers

The family members of the slain superintendent of police Nitya Nanda Goswami, who was killed by militants on Friday, alleged that rampant corruption in transfer and posting of police officers forced Goswami to remain posted in trouble-torn areas of the state despite being on the verge of retirement.

Ms Rekha Goswami, wife of late Nitya Nanda Goswami, who justified the demand of the family for a CBI probe to investigate the circumstances in which the SP and his PSO were killed, told reporters that her husband was posted in trouble-torn areas of Karbi Anglong for most of his career. The slain police officer’s son has demanded a CBI probe into his father’s death, saying that his demand for additional forces in the Karbi Anglong region was not paid heed to by the authorities. Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi also backed the demand for a CBI probe. The nephew and other family members of the slain police officer, who had gathered to pay their last respects to Goswami here at 4 AP battalion headquarters, said, “My uncle always told us that he would prefer to be posted in jungle and trouble-torn areas instead of buying the posting on plum locations.”

Asking chief minister Tarun Gogoi and the Union minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju, who were present at the ceremony, to order CBI probe, the brothers of the slain SP said, “There should be time-bond inquiry to unearth the conspiracy as the body of Goswami was recovered from a grave and injuries of sharp weapons were also found on the body.”

Pointing out that Mr Goswami, who served in the Air Force before joining the police, the aggrieved family members said, “Goswami was set to retire in 2016 and at this age he was posted to fight insurgency in a remote district of Karbi Anglong.” Meanwhile, CM Gogoi here on Saturday suspended the four personnel security officers who fled from the encounter site.