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Plea to speed up suicide probe

Guwahati/Tezpur, Dec. 8: The ruling Congress in Assam today asked the police to expedite their probe into the Tezpur suicide case in which the deceased, in a suicide note, had mentioned the name of sitting Congress MLA Enamul Haque Laskar.

Haren Das, chairman of the PCC’s media department, told this correspondent that the party or the party-led government would not stand by anyone involved in any kind of misdeeds, irrespective of his or her standing.

The announcement comes a day after parliamentary secretary (home) Bhupen Kumar Borah asked the police to submit a status report in the next few days.

Mothur Chandra Nath, an accountant with the irrigation department, had committed suicide at his rented house in Tezpur in Sonitpur district on November 26. In a note, he wrote that he had been forced to take the extreme step under pressure from contractors who had been denied projects despite paying several lakhs of rupees. He wrote that he had collected the money from contractors in Sonitpur and Udalguri districts and given it to persons close to Haque, Congress MLA from Sonai constituency in Cachar district, during Assembly polls last year. Haque was then the officer on special duty in the irrigation department.

Das today said the police were doing their job but needed to expedite the probe. “The police need to question the people who paid and received money from Nath. He has not said in his suicide note that he directly paid money to Haque. There are stages in investigation and according to facts at hand, the police cannot go and arrest Haque. But we want the law to take its own course — and swiftly at that,” he added.

The Telegraph had reported that the outcome of the examination would hold the key to whether there is a case against Haque or not.

The government and the party since yesterday have sent a clear message that the police need to come out with a report with which Dispur can neutralise the Opposition in the four-day Assembly session starting Monday. The high court has also asked the police to submit a status report in the corruption case involving Haque by December 19.

Sources today said Haque left Silchar for Guwahati and that Guwahati police have asked Haque to appear before it by December 10 for questioning in the irrigation department corruption case. Haque, remained incommunicado.

AASU activists in Tezpur burnt the effigy of chief minister Tarun Gogoi at Borghola point in protest against the government’s failure to arrest Haque.