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Detailed status report on Arup

Guwahati, Aug. 8: Kamrup district police today submitted a “comprehensive status report” regarding investigation into student leader Arup Kalita’s murder case, in Gauhati High Court for the next hearing on Wednesday.

A police officer at Chaygaon in Kamrup district, who is associated with investigation into the case, told The Telegraph: “We submitted the fresh detailed status report of the case in the high court, as instructed by it.”

Kalita, a leader of the All Assam Non-Tribal Students’ Union, was missing since August 25 last year when he went to the forest depot at Kukurmara under West Kamrup forest division to provide information about timber smuggling. He is believed to have been killed by timber smugglers with the help of some forest officials.

Although the police did not divulge details of the fresh report, sources said it contained details about the actions taken so far and the development that took place after the recovery of human skeletal remains, from a pond, which Kalita’s family identified as his. The report also included details about arrests of two forest guards from Kukurmara in connection with the case.

The “comprehensive status report” was submitted after the court last month found that the earlier status report furnished by the police was prepared in a “casual manner” and directed the Kamrup superintendent of police to file a comprehensive status report by Monday. The court order came after Kalita’s mother had filed a writ petition in the court in October last year. The police on Saturday arrested two forest guards Tapan Das and Adit Barman in connection with the case. Three more persons involved in the crime were absconding.

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