Process underway by Goalpara DC to recover bandh costs from AASU and KMSS
GUWAHATI: The process is underway to recover the cost of a bandh from AASU and KMSS which they had called for in the month of February. The Goalpara Deputy Commissioner of Assam has issued orders to SP Police Goalpara to submit the report in connection with financial damages to public and personal properties during the bandh.
This action was taken after the Legal Rights Observatory (LRO) had shot letters to all DCs of Assam to recover damages from those groups appealing for bandh based on the directives of the Supreme Court of India as well as Guwahati High Court.
A bench of Justice Ujjal Bhuyan on March 19 had made a series of instructions taking the anti bandh measure implementation on its own hand after failing to impress successive state government to take action.
The court order stated that, “In case of a district bandh or a bandh covering more than one district or a local bandh or a blockade of either road or rail of similar nature, the jurisdictional superintendent of police shall lodge the first information at the competent police station within 24 hours and inform the commissioner and secretary of home and political department within three to seven days.”
The report also mentioned that, “investigating officers in all such cases shall carry out investigation expeditiously and file chargesheets before the competent criminal court promptly so that the offenders can be tried in a fast-track mode.”
The court asked the Assam Police Accountability Commission to monitor the filing of first information, registration of cases and to take appropriate action in case of any default or non-seriousness in complying with the court’s directions.
The commission will also have to submit a monitoring report to the registrar (judicial) of the high court once every three months.
The Gauhati High Court also ordered the commissioner and secretary of home and political department to file contempt petition(s) against organisers and main office-bearers of such organisations calling bandhs/blockades before the high court.
The court said that losses caused to the state on account of bandh/blockade shall be recovered from the organisers and main office-bearers of the organisations enforcing bandh/blockade.