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Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma Orders Probe Into Suicide Of Youth Allegedly Linked To Jorhat Grenade Blast

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GUWAHATI, Dec 27: Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has ordered a high-level inquiry into the suspected suicide of 24-year-old Dipankar Gogoi from Titabor town in Jorhat district.

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Gogoi, who was picked up by the police for questioning in connection with the grenade explosion near an army camp in Jorhat on December 14, was found hanging from a tree on Tuesday.

The deceased’s family alleges that Dipankar took the extreme step due to the police torture he reportedly endured during recent interrogations.

“The Government of Assam will institute an additional chief secretary-level inquiry into the death of Mr Dipankar Gogoi, son of Mr Khagen Gogoi, from GariKuri Brinasayak Gaon, Titabar on 26/12/23. The inquiry will be concluded within 30 days,” the chief minister wrote on micro-blogging site X.

Meanwhile, Jorhat superintendent of police ML Meena has denied any mistreatment during Gogoi’s police questioning at Titabar police station, emphasising that Gogoi, while not directly connected to the blast, had indirect links.

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Meena revealed that Gogoi was implicated in arms smuggling, having recently acquired a pistol from Sanjiv Baruah, involved in a shooting incident at Lichubari a month ago.

Several organisations protested at Titabar police station, decrying alleged police torture and harassment of youths connected to ULFA-related grenade blasts in upper Assam.

SP Meena also disclosed that Dipankar Gogoi had undergone 15 to 20 days of training from ULFA in Myanmar in 2019 before surrendering along with Pranjal Jyot of Sivasagar.

The police claim to have found incriminating evidence on Gogoi’s phone, claiming his indirect involvement in the grenade blast case.

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