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Govt wants Nath suicide status report

- Will clear air: Official

Guwahati/Tezpur, Dec. 7: Faced with all-round flak for allegedly going slow in the Tezpur suicide case, Dispur today directed Sonitpur police to submit the progress report within the next three or four days and also examine the people named by the deceased in his suicide note.

The suicide of irrigation department accountant, Mothur Chandra Nath, on November 26 at his rented house in Tezpur, assumes significance because Nath in his suicide note had mentioned Congress MLA Enamul Haque Laskar, the 63-year-old former officer on special duty in irrigation department from Sonai in Cachar district.

Asserting that Sonitpur police were on the job, parliamentary secretary (home) Bhupen Kumar Borah told The Telegraph that the government would be able to clear the air in the next three or four days once the examination of those named in the suicide note was completed.

“Based on the suicide note, the police have already sent teams to Guwahati and other places to examine those who had paid money to the deceased and who had received money with promises to allegedly secure contracts from Haque,” Borah said.

Nath had collected money from four persons and handed it over to people close to Haque in expectation of lucrative contracts from the influential Haque. When those who had paid did not get any contract, they started pressurising Nath to return their money, around Rs 12 lakh, forcing him to take the extreme step.

Sources privy to the probe, however, said only the outcome of the questioning of the persons allegedly involved in paying and receiving money would decide whether the probe would reach Haque.

“It is not a simple and straight case if one goes by the suicide note in which the deceased has said that he had indirectly paid money to Haque. There are five persons involved before the probe reaches Haque. If they deny giving and receiving money, the case takes a new turn,” a source said.

A team of Sonitpur police, led by investigating officer Pankaj Pratim Mahanta, is in Guwahati because four of the persons are from there, the source added.

Today’s announcement by Borah comes a day after veteran Congress MLA Anjan Dutta from Amguri went public with his displeasure over what was stopping the police from acting against Haque when there was no political interference.