In most of the cases the people complain about the negligence of duty by the police, which is also evident from certain recent cases, which have come to light after arrest of one militant leader, Kazi Umar Farooq, who is the chairman of the People's United Liberation Front (PULF). It is known now that Kazi was controlling PULF activities from his hideout in the city since he started staying in his rented house in Chachal area from February last.
During interrogation by police, Kazi informed that three factions of PULF in Guwahati clashed among themselves during last few months, which were not taken seriously by the city police. In spite of going deep into the cases the police registered those as simple criminal offences and did not take trouble to investigate the root cause of such crimes. The militants feel safe to operate from Guwahati, because of the police 'inaction'. The city has turned as a safe haven for them.
It may be mentioned here that a businessman was killed in a city hotel a few months back by unidentified person. A woman and a Manipuri boy was also killed recently. The sources reveal that these killings were the results of group clashes of the PULF militants. Now, the police have started realizing that the militants from several other states might be taking shelter in the city. The reports of extortion notices served on the businessmen and contractors are very common now a days. The city police have appealed to the owners of houses and hostels to let accommodation to only genuine citizens and provide detailed information about the occupants.
In spite of such appeals the police could not get proper and true response as the house owners have to believe on the version of the tenants and it's the duty of the state home department to verify the authenticity of the cases, which police wants to escape. The people in general believe that in spite of shifting onus on the house owners, city police should themselves verify such cases, without waiting for some incident to happen in future.