By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, January 27: The Guwahati Police Commissionerate is yet to complete a month, but a record of sorts has been scripted when one person died in police custody in the city today. Abu Taleb, who had been arrested on December 25 from Six Mile by Noonmati police in the city in connection with the lifting of a truck, died in the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) this morning. He was produced before the court yesterday that sent him to police custody for ten days.
The case was being investigated by SI Nilomoni Malakar who had a number of allegations, including dereliction of duty, against him. The police said that Taleb reported stomachache and chest pain this morning, and that led SI Malakar to admit him to the GMCH immediately. Taleb, however, died in the GMCH. The doctors are yet to utter anything. The body of Taleb has been sent for post–mortem.
It so happened that a truck had been lifted from the BG Yard in the city on December 16. The truck owner had lodged an FIR in Noonmati police station. On December 19, a case (26/15) under section 379 was registered in Noonmati police station.
The truck was bound for Lakhimpur. On December 22, the body of the truck driver, Gautam Shah, had been recovered at Rowta. That led the police to add two more sections – 120B and 302 – to the case. Following information received from the call list of the truck driver’s mobile phone, Noonmati police arrested Abu Taleb, hailing from Dalgaon, and Ismail Hussain, hailing from Morigaon, on December 25 from Six Mile in the city. In a another incident, around eight miscreants looted cash and other valuables from a business office located in house No. 2 at Hatigaon Dwarka Path in the city last night. The miscreants tied the four employees of the office and looted cash and other valuables, and decamped.