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Govt orders probe into Borholla custodial death

By Staff Correspondent

JORHAT, June 16 - The State government today announced a high-level probe into the custodial death of a youth from Borholla near Titabar on Monday, and placed under suspension three police officials in the case.

Lalit Gogoi, Commissioner-Secretary, Cooperative department, will head the investigation into Jayanta Bora�s custodial death. The government said the trial of the case would be carried out in a fast-track court.

The suspended police officials are Titabar sub-divisional police officer Amrit Hojai, Borholla police station officer-in-charge Mintu Handique and Bekajan police outpost in-charge Gopal Doley.

The government also announced an ex gratia of Rs 6 lakh to the family of the deceased and a job to a family member.

The announcements were made by Agriculture Minister Atul Bora, who along with Minister of State for Revenue Jogen Mohan and Jorhat MP Topon Kumar Gogoi visited the house of Jayanta at Kakodunga Habigaon this afternoon to persuade the family members to take the youth�s body for last rites.

The Agriculture Minister said the government will not shield those who would be found responsible for Jayanta�s death and take action accordingly. The family members and villagers reportedly agreed to accept the body after the minister�s announcement.

It may be mentioned here that the family of Jayanta along with angry villagers, who had been protesting his death, refused to accept the body till those guilty were given exemplary punishment and justice done to the family of the deceased.

Jorhat Deputy Commissioner Roshni A Korati early this morning visited the residence of Jayanta to persuade the family members to accept the body from the district administration, but family members and protesting villagers refused to do so till their demands were fulfilled.

The body was taken back to the JMCH morgue after family members declined to accept it.

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