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Beautician’s murderer arrested

Guwahati, Nov. 2: CID sleuths today arrested Narayan Barman, the prime accused in the Rupali Rongpi murder case, from the 20th Mile area near Byrnihat on the Assam-Meghalaya border.

Rupali, who ran a beauty parlour at Bhetapara, was allegedly strangulated to death by the accused on May 1.

An official source said a team of CID officers, which was tailing Barman for the past three months, finally arrested him from a coal-laden truck coming towards the city near Byrnihat this afternoon.

He said the 35-year-old accused would be produced in court tomorrow. The source said Barman was hiding at Khliehriat town in Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya.

“When we were examining his bank transactions to trace his location, we came to know that he had withdrawn money from an ATM at Khliehriat. Our officers rushed there and examined the CCTV footage of that particular ATM,” he said.

From the CCTV footage, the CID became sure that Barman was hiding somewhere in and around the town.

The CID then activated some sources in Khliehriat to track down the accused.

“We urged our sources to inform us immediately if they spotted Barman. Finally, today, we received a tip-off that Barman was coming to the city from Khliehriat in a truck. We intercepted the truck at Byrnihat and arrested him,” the source said.

With Barman’s arrest, the total number of people arrested by the CID in this case has gone up to three. The other two were Barman’s accomplices — Papu Koch and Ratul Boro.

Papu and Ratul were arrested by the CID in September and the duo had confessed to have helped Barman kill Rupali and then dispose of her body in the Pagaldia river at Hajo on May 1. The source said after killing Rupali, Barman, who was in a relationship with her, allegedly withdrew Rs 1.1 lakh from her bank account by forging her signature on two cheques.

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