Guwahati, Nov 6: A 52-year-old man was beaten to death in Maligaon near the Jalukbari police station on Friday night.
No arrest has been made yet. The deceased, identified as Tarun Deka, was a chowkidar of Bharali Complex at Maligaon. He originally hailed from Darrang district. The gruesome incident occurred nearly 200 metres away from the police station around 11 pm last night.
The murder came to light around 8:30 am on Saturday, when the nearby people spotted the body which was found lying in a pool of blood and informed the police. The whole incident was captured in a CCTV camera installed in one of the shops in the area. A police team from Jalukbari police station rushed to the spot and recovered the body. The body was sent to the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) for post mortem.
"Deka was killed by a miscreant with a wooden stick. He died as he sustained severe head injuries. The body was recovered from the ground floor of the complex," a police source said.
Deka, who was working there for the last 36 years, also looked after three to four commercial complexes in the area.
Meanwhile, the family members of Deka demanded stringent punishment for the culprit. Questions have also been raised regarding police patrolling at night as the city has witnessed a spurt in crimes in the last one month. Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) Subrajyoti Bora said police had recovered the murder weapon from the crime scene.
"It is a very tragic incident. We have already collected the CCTV footage of the incident. However, the culprit has not been identified yet. From the initial investigation, it looks like it was done on the spur of the moment. It was not a planned murder," he said.
A case was registered under Section 302 (Punishment for murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and further investigation is under way.