Patton condemns firing by IRB personnel
Directs police to conduct enquiry and take stern action
Dimapur, Jan. 17 (EMN): Taking strong exception to the gun-firing incident, allegedly by two Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) personnel in Peren town on Thursday, Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton has directed the state’s Director General of Police (DGP) to immediately conduct a thorough enquiry into the incident and take stern and deterrent action as per the service jurisprudence.
Patton, who is also the Minister in-charge of Home and Road & Bridges, condemned the “criminal act” and directed the police “to submit its report to the government within 72 hours”. This was informed by media cell of the deputy CM through a press release on Friday.
He said that the government will not tolerate such indiscipline and that an exemplary and deterrent action would be taken as per the law of the land if the accused are found guilty. The hard-earned good image of the state police force will not be allowed to be tarnished by some errant personnel at any cost, the press release added.
Assuring that a befitting punitive action would be taken as per the law, the deputy chief minister has appealed to the public to cooperate with the department in delivering justice.
It may be mentioned that Peren police had on Thursday confirmed to Eastern Mirror about the firing incident that took place at around 1:45 pm on January 16 and that the accused were immediately apprehended and kept at the “quarter guard” for further inquiry. The police also informed that the two accused were under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident.
Several civil society organisations from Peren town had on Thursday accused one havildar Tohovi and constable Kakuto of 13th IRB of “rampant firing in the busy market place and endangering the lives of the public and innocent bystanders and passersby”. They had demanded the authorities to terminate the two erring IRB personnel from their services within 72 hours.