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DGP rules out ‘rape’ of victim

Guwahati, Nov. 27: The Assam police chief today said the woman from Lakhimpur was not raped but had died of blunt trauma to the head in a city hospital on Monday.

As protests against the murder of the woman entered the third day today, Assam director-general of police J.N. Choudhury said they had not found any prima facie evidence to suggest the woman was raped. He said the woman’s medical report revealed that she had died of trauma arising out of an injury on the right side of her head. Medical examination had not found any seminal fluid in her body, he added.

He said the police received the medical report prepared by GNRC Hospitals here this afternoon. The victim was admitted to the hospital in a critical condition and died last Monday. The post-mortem examination was conducted at Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) and the report is awaited.

Lakhimpur superintendent of police Prasanta Kumar Bhuyan said they had detained two suspects. “They are being interrogated and we have found some clues about the involvement of one of the detained persons in the incident. He is likely to be arrested tomorrow,” Bhuyan said.

He, however, refused to give further details, including the identities of the two suspects, as investigations are on.

However, protesters in Lakhimpur demanded identification and arrest of the culprits. The protests had started on Wednesday, when the victim’s body was taken to her village for cremation.

Various organisations, including the Lakhimpur Sadar, Boginadi Kadam and Chaulduwa units of the All Assam Students’ Union, staged a dharna in front of the Boginadi circle office.

Judumani Baruah, president of AASU’s Lakhimpur Sadar unit, said the police had failed to arrest the accused even six days after the crime was committed. He criticised chief minister Tarun Gogoi, who holds the home portfolio, for alleged deterioration in law and order in the state.

The Lakhimpur district administration today ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident by the circle officer of Kadam revenue circle, Dhruba Jyoti Hazarika. He has been asked to submit the report within a week.

The Lakhimpur unit of the All India Democratic Students’ Organisation has called a 12-hour strike tomorrow.

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