Bogibeel Bridge over the Brahmaputra, which connects Dhemaji district with Dibrugarh in Assam, has become a place for anti-social elements to rob people. At least six robbery cases have so far been reported from the area in the last 15 days, according to a report in the Itanagar-based Arunachal Times.
In one such incident, a person from Likabali in Lower Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh was robbed by miscreants when he was travelling to Dibrugarh on medical purposes on 21 June. The miscreants, who came in a car, followed the vehicle of the target until his car crossed the bridge. Thereafter, the miscreants overtook and intercepted the person’s car and robbed him of all his belongings.
The victim, Dagyo Karlo, has requested Assam Police to arrest the robbers and punish them at the earliest. It is alleged that miscreants often target people from Arunachal Pradesh, who frequently travel across the bridge to upper Assam and the eastern parts of Arunachal Pradesh for various purposes.
The incidents of robberies on the Bogibeel Bridge have raised serious questions over the security of the people travelling along the road. The criminal activities are reportedly going on under the very nose of the Assam Police and CISF personnel who have been deployed to guard the bridge.
However, the police in Assam denied reports of such incidents claiming that they have not received any formal complaint from anyone till today. Allegedly, the police are not taking up a suo motu case against the miscreants, even though they have knowledge about such incidents occurring on the bridge.