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Man killed in firing incident, 3 held

By Correspondent

BISWANATH CHARIALI, June 19 - A 26-year-old youth � identified as Binod Rajgarh of Paslogi village under Balichang outpost of Biswanath Chariali � died of a gunshot wound on June 16 on a hilltop near Khomabari village along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border.

On getting information, police rushed to the spot and started investigation. A case under varous sections of the IPC and Arms Act has been registered.

During preliminary inquiry, police found nothing that suggested inter-state border dispute, as claimed by a section of the media. Later, it came to light that the victim along with one Biswajit Daimary (18) of the same village went to the jungles near the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border for hunting on that day with two handmade rifles, provided by Kamal Basumatary (38), son of Mangal Basumatary of Khomabari village.

During the incident, Binod, son of late Basil Rajgarh, sustained a bullet injury allegedly due to accidental fire by Biswajit and died later.

Biswajit allegedly hid one rifle around 200 metres from the spot on the hilltop, came down the hill and handed over the other rifle to Kamal Basumatary. Basumatary later asked another person over phone to inform Binod�s family members about his death.

Basumatary has been apprehended with the help of local people and one handmade rifle was found concealed within bushes in an open space in Khomabari village. On being led by Basumatary, police found another rifle from the spot. Police also raided the house of Basumatary in Khomabari village and seized 16 lead pieces used for making ammunition, 40 circle-shaped lead pieces and three containers containing explosive powder concealed within bushes in the backyard of his house.

Biswajit Daimary, Kamal Basumatary and another person, Goblai Basumatary, have been arrested.

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