From a Correspondent
TANGLA, Sept 3: In a sensatiol breakthrough and hair-raising development in the mysterious death of Sidon Basumatary (14), a meritorious eight standard hostel boarder of Harisinga Diamond English School of Udalguri on November 8, 2016, Udalguri Police have apprehended three hostel-mates who allegedly murdered the youth inside the hostel campus after a video surfaced in a section of electronic news channels where one of the co-accused Alin Daimari allegedly confessed of have executing the plan and killing Sidon in cold-blood.
The youths, who are all juveniles, have been identified as Alin Daimari, Diljeet Daimari and Nitu Sonowal. Though school authorities had floated a theory of suicide, however, the youth’s father Dr.Bapan Basumatary, a resident of Khoirabari in Udalguri district, was well convinced that his son was murdered and lodged an FIR at Harisinga PS on the day of the incident. Even after registering the case vide 66/16 u/s 302 IPC, neither police nor the school authorities found any substantial evidence and no one was arrested and the case was almost closed by Harisinga Police which sent the fil report .The post-mortem report also contradicted the claim of the school authorities that the victim died on November 8. Till 9.30 am the students had seen him alive. The post-mortem report allegedly confirmed that the victim died before 3 am of November 8.
The victim’s father, finding no altertive, knocked the doors of Gauhati High Court for an impartial inquiry into the matter and punishment of the guilty. The helpless father also wrote to the Prime Minister’s office on February 25, 2017 for proper inquiry into the death of his son. The PMO, accepting the application, registered it vide PMO PG/E/2017/0113275 and forwarded the case to the Home and Political departments of the State Government on May 17, which simultaneously assigned it to PK Dutta, AIGP, for an impartial inquiry into the matter.
Meanwhile, the victim’s father had persolly investigated the matter and found that one of the accused, Alin Daimari left for his home with bag and baggage a day after the incident.
The victim’s father through espioge, collected the said video circulating in the electronic media where the accused Alin Daimari boldly confessed that he and his friends Diljeet Daimari and Nitu Sonowal had brutally assaulted the youth, hit him on the forehead with steel plates,made him drink acid and choked him to death by tying a towel around his neck and later hanging his body to make it seem like a case of suicide.
Talking to The Sentinel, the victim’s father said that it was quite clear that the school headmaster Pronit Basumatary was trying to the dreaded crimils. “He is acting detrimental to the entire investigation of my son’s death,” he said.
Talking to media persons, the school headmaster Pronit Basumatary, instead of condemning the incident and aiding the investigation, said that the co-accused was mentally disturbed and the anonymous interviewer of the said video should be identified.
Meanwhile, Rajveer Singh, Udalguri Superintendent of Police, while talking to The Sentinel, said that two out of the three apprehended youths were drug addicts and the victim, who was also the school captain, had complained the school headmaster against their abuse of Dendrite and smoking in the hostel campus, following which the two youths were suspended for two weeks. After the youths were back in hostel, they along with one of their friends, in a fit of rage and to avenge their punishment brutally killed the youth. The youths will be produced before the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) of Udalguri.
Sources added that the night chowkidar was also absent on the night of November 7 when the incident had allegedly occurred as to this the people of the district have raised concern over the safety and security of the reputed school. Sources also pointed that the school authorities, for the sake of the school’s reputation, have been making efforts to make it appear like a suicide. The All Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU) Udalguri district committee has also demanded an impartial investigation into the case.