GUWAHATI, Feb 24 � A team of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), investigating the sensational Jogdal murder case in Sonapur, today visited the scene of the crime and took fresh accounts of the witnesses till late afternoon.
Most of the witnesses, as CID sources revealed, have admitted to have burnt the house at the instance of Pranab Kumar Deka, the then officer-in-charge of Sonapur Police Station (now inspector-in-charge Jorabat Police Station.
CID, a few days back, had registered a fresh case against three persons including Deka and Abdul Matif Choudhury, the then investigating officer (now posted at Hatigaon Police Station) and Pusphak Kumar Baruah, the then deputy director of Forensic Science Laboratory (now retired) on charges of destruction of evidence.
The case (CID police station case number 18/2012) has been registered under Sec 120(B), 436, and 201 of the Indian Penal Code.
It is believed that the fresh account of the witnesses (local residents) could further tighten the noose on the suspect trio, who had been questioned by the investigators on their role.
The trio, who are alleged to have provided safety cushion to the murderers in their respective capacities, are likely to be quizzed again in the next few days.
Sources, however, conceded that the real culprits are yet to be identified, although there are leads pointing the needle of suspicion towards a number of suspects.
�At this point of time, it would be too early to figure the intention of the crime as we are probing different angles. The investigation is progressing and very soon we should be able to frame charges against the culprits,� the sources added.
�Today, we have recorded the version of a number of witnesses, based on which our subsequent course of action would be determined,� a senior CID official said.
Six persons, including five members of a family, were murdered in 2009. The case was later referred to CID for investigation.