DIGBOI, May 23 - Based on the probe ordered by the State Government into the death of OC Bordumsa Bhaskar Kalita during a gun battle with ULFA militants here on May 4 at Kujupathar in Tinsukia district, an inquiry team led by the Additional Chief Secretary to the Government of Assam, Kumar Sanjay Krishna visited the site here on Tuesday afternoon and took stock of the situation.
After a visit to the residence of Ranjan Bora and a brief inquiry thereupon, Krishna together with other civil and police officials including Mugdhajyoti Mahanta the SP Tinsukia, Sumit Sattawan, SDO (Civil) Margherita , SDPO D Morang attended a public hearing held at the premises of Kujupathar LP School. A thorough inquiry was conducted and five members of the village including the village headman and Mridula Bora, the wife of Ranjan Bora (owner of the house where the ulfa cadres were sheltering) were heard.
Though no adequate outcome or information was shared with the media, Krishna said that the team had come for public hearing as a part of the ongoing inquiry that the commission was entrusted upon and that the final report would soon be placed before the government for consideration.
Meanwhile, the other security cadres and forces present with OC Kalita who led the team in the operation that day, were also questioned one by one.
It may be recalled here that Khagen Kalita, the father of the deceased OC had smelt something fishy in the entire incident and questioning the quality of the bullet-proof jacket had demanded a CBI inquiry into the incident. “It was a pre-planned murder”, the old father had alleged earlier.
“When the operation took place, a massive team comprising Assam Police and CRPF jawans were present but how come only Bhaskar was hit with at least nine bullets and died while others were not even injured. This points to the possibility that there might be a conspiracy somewhere.”
It may be mentioned that a one-man committee of Kumar Sanjay Krishna, Additional Chief Secretary to the Government of Assam has been inquiring into the matter of quality and effectiveness of the bullet-proof vest worn by SI Bhaskar Kalita, at the time of the encounter with ULFA(I) at Bordumsa.
The inquiry report, including the recommendations, will be submitted by the end of this month.