DIGBOI, Dec 30 � One out of a total of nine suspects has been apprehended so far in connection with the murder of Mridul Kumar Bhattacharyya, owner of Kunapathar Tea Estate under Bordumsa Police Station and his wife Rita on December 26 last. The process of picking up the other eight suspects is continuing for the purpose of interrogation. The identity of the apprehended suspect has not been divulged so that the process is not hampered.
Regarding the presence of any extraneous force behind the gruesome murder and arson, State Director General of Police Jayanta Narayan Choudhury told The Assam Tribune that until and unless some evidence came out in course of the interrogation of the suspects the matter could not be gainsaid.
Asked about his comment on the line of action taken by Tinsukia district police set up under the leadership of SP S P Singh, Choudhury said that he was satisfied and that it was proceeding in the right direction.
Our Tinsukia Correspondent adds: DGP Jayanta Narayan Choudhury, who visited the murder site in Konapathar Tea Estate, today, told the media that the couple had been cut into pieces and then their bungalow was torched. The act was most ruthless. Neither ULFA nor Maoists have ever practised such technique of killing, he stated.
Police received the call about the incident at 3 pm on the fateful day and it took them about two hours to reach the spot and in the meantime the bungalow was totally in flames, he added.