CRPF Inspector General (IG), posted in the Northeast Rajnish Rai has been transferred with immediate effect, according to Indian Express report. Incidentally, Rai had alleged that an encounter carried by a joint squad of Army, CRPF, SSB and state police in Assam in March this year, in which two men were killed, was fake. Rai, who was posted at Shillong, was asked to join the Counter Insurgency and Anti Terrorism (CIAT) School of the CRPF at Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh. This comes after Union Home Ministry had decided to initiate a probe into Rai’s allegations, the report says.
Rai is a 1992-batch IPS officer of Gujarat cadre. Rai had said that he has conducted a discreet inquiry on his own chronicling how a team of the Assam Police, the Army, the CRPF, its jungle warfare unit CoBRA and the border guarding force Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) conducted the encounter on March 29-30 in Simlaguri area of Chirang district. In the village where a farmer’s family had said that the two suspects were sleeping in their home when they were taken away by soldiers on the night of March 29, according to IE report.
Rai had submitted a 13-page report. In the report, he had claimed that information about the incident and FIR filed by the joint squad of forces presented a fictitious account of the operation to conceal pre-planned murders of two persons in custody and present it as some brave act or professional achievement. The home ministry had acknowledged receiving the report and said it is being studied and action on its content will be taken soon, according to PTI report. Advisor to the Home Ministry Ashok Prasad had said that the letter was with the CRPF DG and he was examining it.
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He had said as multiple security forces are involved in the incident, it was necessary to entrust the investigation of this matter to an external independent agency for an unbiased, impartial and thorough investigation. Rai claimed that the security forces involved in the joint operation reflect how systems and processes had weakened over a period of time, resulting in the commission of such unlawful acts in a planned and coordinated manner. It was absolutely necessary that urgent systemic reforms be initiated to prevent such wrongdoings in future, Rai said in his report, according to PTI.