DIBRUGARH, April 23 � The Dibrugarh Additional District and Session Judge has acquitted Dr Dibya Hash Goswami, Kusheswar Saikia and Mridul Dutta in the May 27, 1986 Saurav Bora murder case of Dibrugarh University.
Abhimanyu Baruah, counsel of the accused persons said that no eye-witnesses could be produced in the case and the charges were framed on the basis of circumstantial evidence. The case was initially investigated by the Dibrugarh Police and then the CID but later it was handed over to the CBI.
Additional District and Session Judge Abu Bakkar Siddique passed the acquittal order yesterday, stating that the prosecution failed to prove the case beyond reasonable doubt.
�The CBI in its final forwarding report to the Court had submitted that 58 witnesses were examined but identity of the assailants could not be established with regard to the occurrence. As stated in their report, they also failed to find evidence or any clue,� he said.
Saurav Bora, a student leader and social worker was gunned down in Dibrugarh University in May 27, 1986. A case was lodged with the Dibrugarh Police Station. Bora hailed from Dangdhora village under Titabor in Jorhat district.
Altogether six persons were accused in the murder of Saurav Bora under Sections 302 and 120 (B) and 506 IPC. The other three included present Union Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Ramesh Dutta and Biren Baruah. The Gauhati High Court had discharged Sonowal in 2012 from the case after he challenged the Dibrugarh Court order of framing of charges against him in the Gauhati High Court. Ramesh Dutta died in 2011 while Biren Baruah was discharged from the charges in 2009 by the Dibrugarh Additional District and Session Judge.