CBI probe against Assam minister for ‘torturing' girls

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    CBI probe against Assam minister for ‘torturing' girls - The Times of India
    GUWAHATI: The Gauhati high court on Tuesday ordered a CBI probe against state's hills area development minister Khorsing Engti in a case where two girls charged the minister with torturing them and branding them as"witches" in Karbi Anglong district in 2010.
    The division bench of the HC comprising Chief JusticeAK Goel and Justice A K Goswami directed the investigation agency to submit its report within three months.
    "The court has taken up the case after the victims wrote a letter to the chief justice seeking justice lastyear. Since there is an allegation on a minister, wesought a high-level investigation into the case.Earlier, a report on the police investigation in the case said the local police did not conduct the investigation properly," said S Shyam, amicus curiae of the Gauhati high court in the case.
    In 2012, the Assam Human Rights' Commission took upthe matter after Nirjatan Birodhi Aikya Mancha, a human rights group, demanded a probe into theincident. Later, Assam Police conducted a probe into the matter after the AHRC body pointed fingers at police role in the investigation. In its report,police admitted that local cops didn't act promptly in the incident and didn't perform a scientific investigation into the case.
    "The harassment started on October 30, 2010. We were rescued by patrollingCRPF personnel once, but the physical and mental torture from the minister's men continued. They have branded us witches and accused us of hiding skeletons and bones in our house to practice blackmagic," said Radhika Shah,who alleged that Engti was trying to grab their land forcibly.
    Radhika and Gayatri, daughters of Ramchandra Shah, are residents of Pan-Engtigaon area near Howraghat town, 250 km southeast of Guwahati. Their 3.12 kathas of land adjoins Engti's estate. TheHC also asked the SP of Karbi Anglong to provide security to the victim's family.
    "We are happy that the HChas asked the CBI to probethe matter because both state police and CID here can be managed by these politicians," said Sumitra Hazarika, general secretary of Nirjatan Birodhi Aikya Mancha, said.
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