ITANAGAR: The gruesome murder case of a tea gardener that had rocked Namsai about four years back has been solved by the Special Investigating Team (SIT) with the arrest of one of the prime accused in the case. Earlier, on August 8, 2017, the body of late Uday Malar was found near a tea garden at Dhoni Kona Village, Namsai. During the investigation, the names of Mojen Moran and Babul Neog came forward as main suspects but the duo was at large since.
However, all this changed on Tuesday with the arrest of Moran (28) from Kakajan Village in Tinsukia, Assam.
Addressing a press briefing at the PHQ here on Wednesday, SIT SP Rohit Rajbir Singh said that this particular unsolved murder case was a 'blot on the SIT' as the case was handed over in confidence to the SIT by the Namsai Police in the year 2018.
Singh informed that after getting an intelligence input in February this year, the whereabouts of Moran was suspected to be somewhere in the general area under Philobari PS, Tinsukia, Assam, but nothing was concrete.
"The Assam elections served us with an opportunity to make use of the updated voters' list, and we found out that Mojen Moran was recently registered as an active voter in Doom Dooma Circle of Tinsukia district, Assam," said the SIT SP. He added that after confirming Moran's identity and ascertaining his presence, an SIT team comprising of inspector Ashok Tayeng, SI K Wangsu, SI Maharaj, HC Thomas Drai, HC T Dolo, constables D Dorjee, T Giba, N Riba, P Diyum, C Chakap, and lady constable E Modi was deployed and they successfully arrested Moran.
SP Singh informed that Moran has confessed to his involvement in the crime but is shifting the blame on the co-accused. He added that according to Moran, the act was committed over a petty monetary dispute arising out of the sale of cannabis.
Meanwhile, asserting confidence that co-accused Babul will also be arrested soon, the SP SIT informed that they will now also investigate the drug trade angle that has come to light during the investigation.