Assam school kids taste hottest torture
At 1,041,047 Scoville Heat Units, Bhot Jolokia is the hottest chilli on earth. It apparently is also a handy torture weapon in a land where guns often talk.
The head of a police outpost in eastern Assam’s Sivasagar district allegedly disrobed two Class X students and smeared their bodies with a handful of Bhot Jolokia following a feud between two families.
Bhot in Assamese means ‘of Bhutanese origin’ and Jolokia is the standard name for all types of chillies.
According to delayed reports reaching in Guwahati, a team of policemen led by Nitaipukhuri Outpost in-charge Jitumoni Bora picked up teenagers Lakhinda Hazarika and his cousin Kumud Phukan from Duworisiga village. They were subsequently remanded to judicial custody for theft of mobile recharge cards.
However, residents of the village claimed the police had acted on the complaint of one Biren Phukan against neighbour and Lakhinda’s father Deba Hazarika. The two had been at loggerheads for quite some time.
The villagers later gathered together to talk the two feuding families out of the enmity. But the police had in the meantime allegedly shoved the hottest chillies down the boys’ throats besides scrubbing their bodies with them.
“We have reasons to believe the incident has been blown out of proportion, but an inquiry has nevertheless been ordered,” Sivasagar Additional SP Kumar Sanjit Krishna told HT. He did not rule out the possibility of the police having used third degree on the duo, but not to the extent as alleged.
Bora, ironically, was promoted as officer-in-charge of Demow Police Station on Wednesday, the day when the probe was initiated.
Bhot Jolokia, notably, is being experimented on by the Defence Research and Development Organization for multiple used by the army. On the anvil are non-lethal hand grenades loaded with the powdered chilli and a body warming food supplement on icy heights.
The chilli – it is called Naga Jolokia in areas south of the Brahmaputra – is already in use as bombs to drive away elephants from agricultural fields in certain pockets of Assam.
Meanwhile, police in western Assam’s Tamulpur area have launched a manhunt for Chandan Das, member of the disbanded Bengali Tiger Force outfit, for gunning down a two-and-a-half-year-old girl.
Das had early on Wednesday morning barged into the house of kin Manik Das in Dongpar village seeking Rs 300 the latter owed him. He fished out a pistol following a verbal duel, but his shot missed Manik and hit his daughter Pratima killing her on the spot.