The reward for information leading to the capture of Amar Jyoti Kalita, prime accused in the molestation of a girl in Guwahati, has been raised to Rs 1 lakh.
DGP of Assam, Jayanta Narayan Choudhury confirmed that the reward amount to the capture of Kalita has been increased.
Kalita, who goes by the moniker of 'Bond' in his Facebook page, is the man in red T-shirt and cap who is seen among the mob of men molesting and assaulting the school girl in a YouTube video. The video went viral last week, and Kalita has been the focus of a nation wide outrage.
Police have arrested six persons till now for the molestation, even as investigations are on to probe charges by an activist that a television journalist had instigated the crowd to go after the victim.
The police faulted bar owner Rajesh Jalan for informing the wrong police station the night the incident happened. "Jalan had called up Dispur police station (2km to the south adjoining the secretariat) instead of Bhangagarh police station (1.5km to the north) under which the bar falls.
Nevertheless, we suspended Dispur police ASI Subhan Barua for not picking up the phone. Jalan's mobile phone record revealed he had called the number four times. He said he had the Dispur PS number saved because his residence is within that police station's jurisdiction," a senior police officer investigating the incident said.
Meanwhile, Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi on Monday clarified that he had not set any deadline for arrest of all the accused in the Guwahati molestation case. Gogoi said he had not set the police 48-hour deadline to catch molestation accused though he wanted quick action against the culprits.
Gogoi admitted that there was scope for improvement in law and order situation in the state. He further said that anyone who breaks law and order whether he is a journalist or an officer, he would be brought to book.