The court has also sought information on the action taken against “the erring officers who are responsible for demolition of the houses of the affected persons illegally”. Government Advocate Nath sought four weeks to inform the court about this.

By Sukrita Baruah

The Assam government has paid compensation of Rs 30 lakh to five families whose homes authorities had bulldozed two years back over their alleged involvement in torching a police station in Nagaon district.

The government has also sanctioned compensation of  Rs 2.5 lakh for the family of Safikul Islam — whose death after being taken into custody had led to the arson at the Batadrava police station by local residents.

The Assam government’s counsel submitted the compensation details to the Gauhati High Court Wednesday. Senior Government Advocate D Nath also told the Division Bench of Chief Justice Vijay Bishnoi and Justice Suman Shyam that Islam’s family had not yet been able to produce a next of kin certificate and that authorities would process the payment once they received the document.

He informed the court that the Nagaon Superintendent of Police had made the compensatory payment to the other five families Monday.

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