Suspected arms trafficker arrested Monday following a joint Border Security Force (BSF) and Assam police operation in Karimganj district was killed in a meeting hours later , police said.
The deceased, Nurul Islam, and another accused H Liang Khiyamon were arrested for carrying illegal weapons while on board the Silchar-Guwahati train in Badarpur, Assam. Islam was killed around midnight in the Marjatkandi area under Badarpur police station as he tried to escape, police said.
Acting on an information, BSF and the Assam police jointly recovered 5 pistols, including four 7.65 mm pistols and a feather pistol from Islam, 31, a resident of the Baraigram area of ââthe Karimganj district and Khiyamon, 22, a resident of Nagaland’s Tuensang district, during a search of the Silchar-Guwahati passenger train on Monday morning. The duo were arrested for arms trafficking, police said.
A police officer, who requested anonymity, said Islam was taken to the Marjatkandi district of Badarpur on Monday at midnight for further investigation, but attempted to extract a weapon from a policeman and had tried to escape.
âThe officers on duty shot him to prevent him from escaping. Islam was seriously injured and was taken to Karimganj civilian hospital where doctors declared him dead, âsaid the policeman quoted above.
Senior state police officers have yet to make any official comment on the alleged encounter. An official familiar with the developments said: âThis happened when the police department attempted a raid in the Marjatkandi area based on information provided by Nurul Islam. We don’t know if he was shot by the police or his people because the area was dark. However, no other police or civilian was injured in this incident. Things are under investigation, âhe said.
After Islam and his accomplice were arrested on Monday, Karimganj’s Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Dr. Sharma said the defendants were from Dimapur, Nagaland.
â… After an initial interrogation, the arrested duo confessed to having smuggled weapons. It is possible that others were also involved in this smuggling, âsaid the DSP.