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Last February, the Assam Police killed a man in an encounter claiming to be a surrendered Bodo militant, Kenaram. However, the family denied this claim and said that instead of Kenaram, his relative Dimbeshwar died in the encounter. After the DNA report came out, the police accepted that Kenaram was not the deceased.
Guwahati: On the morning of February 24, the Assam Police killed a man in an alleged encounter claiming to be surrendered Bodo militant and ex-criminal Kenaram Basumatary.
According to Indian Express, now after the complaint made by the victim’s family, exhumation of the body and then DNA analysis, it has emerged that someone else was actually killed by the police.
Baneshwar Muchahari, a resident of Jengrengpara village in Baksa district, saw the photo of the deceased in the local news the day after the incident, and recognized that his younger brother, Dimbeshwar, aged 40, had seen him since then. left home two days ago on February 23. he did not go.
Baneshwar told the newspaper, ‘We went to our local police station and told the officer there that the body appeared to be my brother’s. He said since the incident happened in Rauta Dhana area, we should go there. We went there and repeated the same thing to him. They saw my brother’s photo and asked us to go to Udalguri district police headquarters. We met the Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) and were asked to submit the application letter.
But the police stuck to their claim that Kenaram was a surrendered cadre of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland and the main accused in several cases of armed robbery.
By then Kenaram’s family had identified the body as that of Kenaram and cremated it at Natun Panbari village in Orang late in the evening on 24 February, according to a statement by the Chief Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Assam Police.
The statement issued on February 26 said, “After an inquest, the body was handed over to the mother of the deceased with a written receipt in the presence of two witnesses and the post-mortem was carried out following the proper procedure.”
However, on a petition by Dimbeshwar’s family, the District Magistrate issued an order to exhume the body. On March 2, the body was removed from the grave and the CID was employed to investigate the matter. Later, DNA analysis confirmed that the body was indeed that of Dimbeshwar.
According to Baneshwar, ‘Dimbeshwar used to grow paddy and grow lemons in the village where he lived with his wife and three children.’
He said, ‘There was a wedding in our village on February 22, and this person we now know as Kenaram had come two days before that. We did not know who it was but he called at Dimbeshwar and they both left together on 23 February.
According to the police, the alleged encounter took place during an ambush at Dhansirikhuti Daifang village of Rauta police station based on information about a planned robbery by Kenaram.
In a statement, the CPRO of the police had mentioned an encounter between two people, where one was injured after being shot and the other fled on a motorcycle. The injured was pronounced dead after being taken to hospital.
The police now admit that Kenaram was not the man they killed, but they say Dimbeshwar is also a former armed robbery offender.
DGP Assam Singh’s family doctor told The Indian Express, “A person who fired at the police died in retaliatory firing. The family of an old criminal came to the police station and identified the body as Kenaram Basumatary, claimed the body and cremated it. The family of another person, Dimbeshwar Muchahari, later claimed the body. He also claimed that Dimbeshwar Muchahari was a farmer and innocent. After receiving this information, the police investigated the background of Dimbeshwar Muchahari, and his extensive criminal background came to light. Past cases suggest that Kenaram and Dimbeswar are part of the same gang and have been accused in similar cases together. A DNA profile proved that the body belonged to Dimbeshwar.
Dimbeshwar’s family say they are not aware of Dimbeshwar’s criminal record.
However, Baneshwar’s question is that if Kenaram was a ‘wanted’ criminal, his photo should not be displayed in every police station. How can it be that they did not know that he (the person who died) was not Cenaram.
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