Assam SSP Dr. R Rajamarthandan arrested for disclosing information on Silapathar incident
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 07-Apr-2017

Guwahati, April 7: Senior Superintendent of Police SSP Dr. R Rajamarthandan for disclosing Crime Investigation Department CID’s crucial information of an ongoing investigation on the Silapathar incident, in which an office of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) was attacked by a group.
R Rajamarthandan was providing the confidential information to the lawyer of Subodh Biswas. Subodh Biswas is currently lodged in jail following his involvement in vandalizing a student union office at Dhemaji recently. The IPS officer has allegedly given information to an applicant which has been exempted under RTI.

Raunak Ali Hazarika, Assam’s Deputy Inspector General said that “We have filed an FIR against SSP N Rajamarthanandan for passing on certain vital confidential information about the case in which Biswas, president of Nikhil Bharat Bangali Udbastu Samanway Samiti (NBBUSS), was arrested last month.” “Rajamarthanandan, was head of the SIT (Special Investigation Team) probing the Subodh Biswas case, is also the Public Information Officer of the CID and he is suspected to have taken advantage of that position in giving out the vital information despite the fact that the CID is exempted from the purview of the RTI Act,” Hazarika added.

DGP Mukesh Sahay said that the officer had exceeded his authority. Hazarika said “the SSP even sent an orderly attached to him to procure an Indian Postal Order worth Rs 10 required for submission with the RTI query made by Biswas’s lawyer. Moreover, the SSP did all this in a very clandestine manner and did not consult any other officer.”


What is Silapathar incident?

An organization called Nikhil Bharat Bengali Udbastu Samanvay Samiti NBBUSS in Silapathar attacked an office of All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and shouted anti-Assamese slogans in the area. Also, shops were set on fires where 11 people were arrested who were connected to vandalizing AASU office. To these thousands of people across Assam carried out the protest against this violence.