CRPF IG Rajnish Rai, who called for a probe in what he alleged was a fake encounter by a joint team of Army, CRPF, SSB and state police in Assam in March this year that killed two men, has been transferred out of the North East with immediate effect. Rai was asked to join the Counter Insurgency and Anti Terrorism (CIAT) School of the CRPF at Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh.
Rai was posted at Shillong as IG, North East Sector with the CRPF. The development comes even as the Home Ministry decided to probe his allegations. CRPF headquarters on Monday, June 12, informed the Guwahati deputy inspector general that IPS officer Prakash D, who had joined the force that day on deputation, would arrive for a ‘familiarisation programme’ at the State capital on Tuesday.
However, on the officer’s arrival, transfer orders dated June 12 were sent to Rai. The order stated that Prakash, who was appointed as the IG (communication and IT) would also hold the charge of Rai’s post with immediate effect. Both orders – Prakash’s arrival in Guwahati and Rai’s transfer – were issued on the same day.
Exposing fake encounter
On May 24, The Indian Express first reported that Rai had told CRPF headquarters and other authorities that a ‘discreet enquiry’ conducted by him — backed by GPS data and interviews with those involved — found that two suspected NDFB(S) cadres were killed in a fake encounter on March 30 near Simlaguri village in the Chirang district of Assam.
Rai’s report, dated April 17, said that the two men were picked up from a house in D-Kalling village and killed in cold blood. Calling for a full-fledged investigation, Rai alleged that weapons were planted on their bodies. In his report, Rai claimed that GPS records showed that a CRPF unit of CoBRA had visited the encounter spot a few hours before the incident and expressed ‘suspicion’ that the team was trying to identify a location for the ‘encounter.’ Rai also cited statements from witnesses who identified the bodies of the two men and confirmed that they were picked up from D-Kalling village.