Guwahati: The National Commission for Women (NCW) has decided to remove Alka Lamba from the enquiry committee which is probing into the molestation case of a teenage girl by a mob in the heart of Guwahati almost a week back.
She has been removed by NCW chief Mamta Sharma following a faux pas in which Lamba had revealed the name of the victim at a press conference.
The NCW member had even defended naming the victim, pointing that the report was not complete.
Alka Lamba has been removed following a faux pas in which she had revealed the name of the victim at a press conference.
Notably, the NCW was slated to submit its report by 2 pm on Monday, but it got delayed because of the faux pas on the part of the panel member.
A three-member NCW team had visited Guwahati and met the victim on Saturday. They had blamed the police for reacting late in trying to save the girl.
Meanwhile, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Monday evening met the victim, who was publicly molested and stripped by a mob of more than 30 people in Guwahati, and promised more security and monetary relief to her.
Also, the SSP of Guwahati, Apurba Jiban Baruah, was also transferred.
Even after one week of the incident the police have not been able to arrest all those involved in the heinous incident.
Tarun Gogoi's deadline to the police to nab all the suspects has also ended and only seven of the 12 people identified in the video have been apprehended.
The hunt for the accused has spread to Odisha after reports that the main suspect Amar Jyoti Kalita, the one in the red jersey in the video, was hiding in the state.
"Tracking of his (Amar Jyoti Kalita) mobile phone has pointed to his presence in Bhubaneswar and efforts are on to catch him. Our police is in touch with Odisha Police and we hope to trace him soon," Gogoi had said outside Assam Assembly earlier on Monday.
The police have announced Rs 1 lakh cash award for giving information on the whereabouts of the prime accused and search operations are on in Assam and neighbouring states to apprehend the accused who are absconding.
According to the NCW report accessed by CNN-IBN, the panel says, "Police action was delayed. The police was negligent. The police came half an hour after the first call was made."
"There was lack of coordination between the state administration and the local police," it adds.
Sources say the report has also called for a probe into the role of the journalist who shot the incident, saying it seemed suspicious. The report has also asked the state government to explain how such an incident could take place on a busy street in the capital city. The report has further slammed the state government for not making efforts to rehabilitate the girl a week after the incident.
The role of the journalist, Gaurav Jyoti Neog, who captured the incident on camera, is also under scrutiny. RTI activist and Team Anna member Akhil Gogoi alleges that Neog instigated the mob and he has resigned pending a probe, saying the charges against him were 'malicious and wild'.
"There are allegations levelled against me that I orchestrated the molestation on the girl on GS Road on the night on July 9. I strongly deny and refute the allegations as malicious and wild," he said in a signed statement in Guwahati.
Gogoi called Neog's role as "unethical". "This was a case of unethical journalism. It is all right to film the incident as a part of his professional duty but as a part of his social responsibility the journalist should have informed the police", Gogoi said.
The molestation issue was raised in Assam Assembly on Monday and led to uproarious scenes. Members of opposition AIUDF, AGP and BJP staged walkouts in the Assam Assembly after the Speaker disallowed an adjournment motion on the molestation issue.
(With Additional Inputs From PTI)