GUWAHATI, Aug 27 - A team of the North East Society for Promotion of Youth and Masses (NESPYM), a city-based voluntary organisation working in the field of health and development including child rights in the Northeast, visited the site at Keyhung Tea Estate of Tinsukia district on Wednesday to have a first-hand understanding of the gruesome incident of beheading of a child there.
The shocking incident was widely reported in the media.
The NESPYM, after conducting an inquiry, submitted the findings to the Chief Minister in a memorandum, urging him to order a high-level inquiry into the incident and other similar incidents to ensure that Assam becomes safe for all children.
From its inquiry, the NESPYM learnt that the name of the deceased boy was Sawan Pandab (around 15 years of age) and he was a school dropout. His mother is Bijonty Pandab and his father is Bijoy Pandab. His elder sister Gita is around 19 years and younger brother Bondhon is about nine years. They reside in Line No.12 of the Keyung TE.
�On August 23 (Sunday) evening, Sawan went to his aunt�s house who resides in the nearby Line No.11 of the Keyhung TE and did not return home. On August 25, Sawan�s body was found near the bank of a river, which is about 3 km from their residence. The people who were interacted with said that the body had severe cut marks on the neck, but the neck was not severed from the body,� NEPSYM director Dr Chiranjeeb Kakoty said.
It was also learnt that in the same tea estate, about one-and-a-half-years ago, another child named Jun Tati (around 5 years), son of Jusen Tati and Lokhi Tati), was also beheaded and his body was found in the nearby forest. According to local people, the culprits of that crime have not yet been identified. The area falls under the Bordubi police station.
�These are heinous crimes committed on children and many such cases go unreported. Till the guilty are apprehended and these cases tackled speedily, criminals will carry on with their activities unfazed and undeterred,� the memorandum to the Chief Minister said.