Over 300 SPOs detained in Guwahati

Over 300 SPOs detained in Guwahati

Special Police Officers (SPOs) along with their family members protesting in demand of their permanent placement in the AISF at the Pan Bazaar Police Station premise after they are arrested from the Paltan Bazar Railway Station during a protest activity for the same issue in Guwahati on 09-06-15. (UB Photo) 

GUWAHATI: Over three hundred Special Police Officers (SPOs) along with their wives and children were detained by Guwahati city police Tuesday morning when they arrived here to participate in a fast demonstration demanding regularization of their jobs.

The SPOs, demanding regularization of their jobs since 2008, accused Assam government of neglecting their demands.

"We were disarmed. We have been serving to protect peace in the state, but the government is showing its back on us. Now everyone in our families is staring at a dark future," said the group of SPOs.

The SPOs all over the state were disarmed by the state government after some of them allegedly involved in an armed revolt against the government in Dima Hasao district.

Assam government raised the SPOs in 2008 to guard government officials and vital installations after Karbi militants triggered large-scale violence in the hill district of Dima Hasao. Many surrendered ultras were also inducted in the squad under rehabilitation schemes. Later, they were posted in Chirang, Nagaon, Kamrup, Barpeta, Nalbari and Morigaon districts too.

The Assam government have, however, announced to absorb the SPOs in its proposed 3rd battalion of Assam Industrial Security Force (AISF).

The SPOs and their family members were released later in the evening.

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