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DNA confirmed, planter cremated

Silchar May 31: Cachar planter Chinmoy Kumar Paul was finally cremated today, after the State Forensic Laboratory in Guwahati confirmed that the body found 17 months ago belonged to the tea executive.

Fifty-year-old Paul was abducted from his plantation in February 2010 and his body found at Behera Bazar, 10km from the plantation in December the same year.

The skeletal remains of the assistant manager of Kaline tea estate, Paul, were cremated on Tuesday at Kathigorah block in Cachar district in the presence of his widow Nabanita and son Niladri.

A resident of Calcutta, Paul started as an assistant manager at Dewan garden in the district, owned by the Jayshree Tea and Industries Limited, a B.K. Birla establishment, before he was transferred to Kaline, belonging to the same group.

Kaline tea plantation has an annual output of nearly 13 lakh kg of CTC tea.

The forensic laboratory in Guwahati confirmed that the DNA samples, collected from the mortal remains of Paul matched with his son Niladri, a Class X student in a school in Calcutta.

The Kaline tea estateís general manager, A.P.S. Dhahiya, said Paulís family left for Calcutta yesterday.

Police officials here said they could not crack the abduction case as the profile of the gang behind the act and their hideout remained unclear.

Dhahiya said the garden management was ready to pay ransom to the kidnappers, but they did not contact either the garden authorities or Paulís family.

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