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Bike-owner surrenders

Guwahati, Nov. 19: Ranjit Ramchiary, whose motorbike was used in the Choudhury Complex blast at Barpeta Road, surrendered before the police today at his village in Anandbazar.

A police team, led by Barpeta SP Debyojit Mukherjee, had persuaded Ramchiary’s parents yesterday to ensure the surrender, which apparently led to the move.

The motorbike (AS-15A-6007) was registered in Ramchiary’s name. But sources said the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) cadres had taken away the vehicle from him two years ago.

“We will now try to trace whether the motorcycle was actually taken away by the NDFB and if so, whether he knows the identity of the cadre,” a source in the special investigating team (SIT) said.

The police will also try to ascertain Ramchiary’s links with the NDFB, because as per records, his relations with the outfit had become strained.

In yet another development, the city police today arrested three persons on charges of indulging in vandalism at Ganeshguri following the blast on October 30.

Police said that the accused were identified as Gagan Chandra Mahanta (30) of Kamalpur in Kamrup district, Dhan Barman (27) of Singimari in Kamrup and M. Khandakar (26) of Sarthebari in Barpeta district.

“The three arrested today were part of the crowd who indulged in vandalism and instigated others, taking advantage of the situation. Their main motive apparently was to loot shops,” a police official said.

The accused were subsequently produced in the court of chief judicial magistrate (Kamrup) and remanded in three days’ police custody.

In a related development, Dispur today entrusted the former director-general of Assam police, D.N. Dutt, to inquire into allegations of police inaction leading to mob violence after blasts in the city.

For the first time after the blasts, two persons, identified as Abdul Rahman and Sahidur Rahman of Chaygaon, were caught red-handed by the district administration for making false claims of compensation by identifying themselves as injured blast victims this afternoon.

In connection with the blasts probe, the special investigation team (SIT) decided last evening to seek permission from the court for conducting narco-analysis tests on the two prime accused, arrested in connection with the blasts.

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