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Foul play not ruled out in Choudhury�s death

By Staff reporter

GUWAHATI, June 7 - Investigators probing the mysterious death of Kanak Choudhury, a former Assam government official, at his residence on Sunday night, said that they have not ruled out foul play behind the entire episode and have already started questioning a number of suspects to find out the truth.

Although Choudhury was found dead in his room in Simon House after a massive fire broke out in his house located in Paltan Bazar area, police said that there are indications towards a foul play and that the fire could have been caused intentionally.

Police reasoned by saying, �Had he died due to the fire, he should have tried to make his way out in a desperate situation. In this case, however, his body was found lying on the bed and there are apparently no signs of any moves of desperation. Secondly, why would a room be locked from outside and no attempts were made to unlock the door when there were first signs of a crisis situation.�

�People are coming with different versions. His body was totally gutted in the fire. We are trying to find out whether he died due to fire or was dead even before the fire took place,� sources said, adding that property dispute is not ruled out.

The forensic team has already collected evidences and is examining them.

Sources at the State Fire Service Organisation too expressed suspicion on the nature of the incident and said that there is enough ground to probe a murder angle and that is why the matter has been reported to the local police station.

�As first responders, we were initially told that there was no person in the room from where the body was eventually recovered. It was a massive fire and the reason behind the incident is yet to be ascertained,� a senior official said.

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