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Body found, question mark over identity

ASAK leader’s kin leads police to burial site

Tura: Garo Hills police on Saturday found a body in a shallow grave in remote South Garo Hills district which is suspected to be either of the kidnapped Central intelligence official or a cloth merchant who were both kidnapped at Panda reserve forest while travelling from Rongara to Baghmara on September 24 morning by armed Garo militants.
Garo Hills police made the breakthrough after an arrest of an ASAK militant in Tura on Thursday.
Police picked up Sengran D Shira who happens to be the brother of ASAK commander Sengbat D Shira.
Sengbat is the prime accused in the kidnapping of Intelligence Bureau official Bikash Kumar Singh and cloth merchant Kamal Saha.
Following his arrest and interrogation, the ASAK commander’s brother Sengran reportedly gave crucial details of the incident as he was privy to the events taking place at that time and was in regular touch with his militant sibling.
On Saturday he led a police team to the site of an unmarked grave in a forested area of Bolchugre village in Dambuk Aga, apprpximately 15 kms from Baghmara town.
Following the discovery of the grave and what is believed to be a body, more police teams and magistrate were rushed to the site for identification.
It is worth mentioning that despite overwhelming evidence pointing to the involvement of the ASAK outfit in the abduction of the official and the merchant, the group tried to wash its hands off the case by using fictitious names and identities to deny their hand and even went to the extend of using the name of a non-existent group called the Bangladesh Tiger Force as being involved in the killing of the young Central government official who had nothing to do with counter-insurgency operations.

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