From a Correspondent
JORHAT, May 23: A lecturer of Titabor Junior College, Ree Changmai Borphukon was found allegedly murdered at her residence in the Amgurikaht area under Titabor Police station in Jorhat on Monday. The incident has created sensation in the area and people are shocked over the incident, especially after the deceased was found strangulated and was perhaps suffocated to death with a sheet of polythene. Incidentally the assailants, who according to police were robbers, decamped with gold and cash by breaking open lockers, besides a necklace, pair of earrings and one bangle.
Informing more on the fateful incident, SDPO Titabor, Gayatri Sonowal said, “It is an incident of broad daylight robbery and the house was probably under their surveillance for a long time. Unfortutely the gang did not know about the presence of the lady in the house. And incidentally what was first an attempted robbery took the turn of a murder. We suspect that the lady identified most of the gang members and we have started our investigation. We have collected finger prints from the PO site, besides some other materials and have sent them to the State forensic laboratory. In the meantime we have called for bad characters and known thieves of the area for interrogation.”
Meanwhile, relatives of the deceased woman informed The Sentinel, “Ree has left behind her husband Pitambor Borphukon, who is a teacher at MRS and two children, one boy who is a student of Class VIII and a girl who is in Class VI. It was routine for the parents to first send the kids to school and then later go out together for work. But today the husband went out earlier as he was involved with the NRC work and Ree stayed back for some house work. However, Pitambor Borphukon soon came back home and found Ree’s body near the kitchen after he entered the house through the back door.”
Eyewitnesses have informed the police about seeing a vehicle stop at the gate of the Borphukon residence. This has led the police to believe that the assailants were known to the deceased and entered the house through the main door and later committed the crime. It is interesting that no one heard any cries despite houses being situated at suitable distance from one another.