Effigy of one DSP burnt for alleged involvement behind murder of Santosh Hojai

Haflong, May 8, 2020 :  In protest against the brutal murder of Santosh Hojai recently, the general public of Harangajao area staged dharna on May 8 at HarangajaoAuto stand, demanding immediate arrest and suspension of one DSP of Dima Hasao for his alleged involvement behind the abduction and killing of militant turn contractor, Santosh Hojai recently.

Displaying banners “In protest against the brutal killing of Lt. Santosh Hojai”, “We want justice”, etc., the protestors also burnt effigy of the DSP. He was alleged to be involved since CCTV footage of the DSP along with other policemen buying fuel in a Jerkin from Maibang oil depot the following day after the abduction had gone viral.

Hojai was abducted by five unidentified men from his residence at Damadi Hawar under Harangajao police station on April 24 evening. Six days later, his decomposed body was found buried along NH 27 (around 100km from his home) at Lailing reserve forest under Langting police station. The body was later retrieved in the presence of an executive magistrate.

Hojai, 38, is survived by his wife, two daughters and a baby son.

Following recovery of Hojai’s body, his widow had submitted a fresh affidavit in the high court on alleging that a deputy superintendent of police was involved in the incident. An FIR has been lodged in Harangajao police station against the officer and other policemen.

In a press meet the North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council, chief executive member Debolal Gorlosa (militant turn politician) condemning the incident said that such incident should not be repeated in future. He also informed that they will form an organisation to protect ex cadre of DHD. “We have urged the CM Sonowal for protection of ex cadre so that such incident not to be repeat in future. Who ever is behind the crime, should be booked behind bar and be punish as per law,” Gorlosa added.

As per direction of the Gauhati High Court, the government had constitute a special investigation team (SIT) headed by deputy inspector-general of police (Southern range) Dilip Kumar Dey, to conduct an investigation into the incident in relation to the Harangajao police station case registered under Section 365 of the IPC. The court had order to submit the report on or before 8th of June and made it clear that the lockdown should not be and excuse for delay or quality of investigation.