A top paramilitary officer Rajnish Rai, serving as IG with the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in the Northeast, has kicked up a storm by submitting a report that the March 30 encounter in Chirang district of Assam was "staged". Two alleged militants had been killed in the said encounter.

The encounter was carried out as a joint operation by the army, the Assam Police, the CRPF and the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).

In his report to the CRPF headquarters in Delhi, Rai, who is currently posted in Shillong, has said that the encounter near Simlaguri village was staged and weapons were planted on the two suspected militants.

The security forces had claimed that the militants — Lukus Narzary and David Islary — were members of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Songbijit).

His report, among other evidence, is based on testimonies of witnesses who claimed to have seen the security forces pick up the two men from a village before the alleged encounter.

The report said the security forces had only seized a Chinese-made grenade from them; the other weapons were "planted".

(With inputs from agencies)