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16 sent to judicial custody

By Staff Correspondent

JORHAT, June 12 - The number of people arrested in the Debashish Gogoi lynching incident of Mariani under Titabar Civil Sub-division of the district has gone up to 16 with two persons arrested in the past two days.

A police official of Mariani stated that after arresting 10 people within five days of the incident that took place on May 29, another 6 persons have been arrested since the past one week including two men in the last two days and all the accused persons were in judicial custody as per Titabar Sub-divisional Judicial Court orders.

The official said that investigation was on and many people have been picked up for questioning and, thereafter, released in the past 12 days.

Meanwhile, the magisterial inquiry ordered by the Jorhat District Magistrate was under way.

A Jorhat district administration source informed that Additional Deputy Commissioner Biswajit Phukan, conducting the probe has recorded statements of father and elder sister of Debashish, of public and also police officials during the inquiry that was still going on.

The source said some more information was required by the ADC regarding the incident and it was likely to be completed in the next few days.

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