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Hunt on for Cachar killer gang

Silchar, Jan. 3: A CRPF contingent has been posted at Palonghat under Sonai block in Cachar district in view of the tension in the town after a gang of criminals killed a woman there on Tuesday.

Sources in Sonai police station said a gang of five had attacked the residence of retired army officer Sujan Das to abduct his school-going daug-hter on Tuesday night, but his wife, Suniti, 45, thwarted their attempt. However, she was seriously injured when one of the gang members hit her head with a dao.

Suniti, whose legs were crushed by the Maruti van in which the culprits fled, died last night at Silchar Medical College and Hospital.

The Cachar district additional superintendent of police, Jayanta Choudhury, said this morning that villagers had picked up the driver of the van, Nazmul Hossain Laskar, and handed him over to the police. However, the four others escaped.

Cachar district superintendent of police Diganta Bo-ra said police have identified three of the assailants who are absconding, as Saharul Haq-ue, Naju Hossain and Raju Hossain and said they are allegedly drug peddlers.

The BJP will call a 12-hour bandh in Cachar district any day this week if the culprits are not rounded up quickly, the partyís Cachar district committee president Kaushik Roy said.

The Bajrang Dal has also set a deadline of tomorrow morning for the arrest of the culprits.

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