Dhemaji, Dec. 2: Lakhimpur district police today arrested two persons in connection with the death of a woman in the Boginadi area last week. But those monitoring the probe ruled out the rape-and-murder angle doing the rounds since Monday.
Sources in the district administration said evidence, as well as examination of witnesses and the three persons in custody, including the autorickshaw driver and his associate who were arrested this afternoon, suggest that the 32-year-old housewife died after falling off a crowded auto. She had gone to fetch her daughter from school on Friday afternoon.
On November 27, the director-general of police, J.N. Choudhury, had told The Telegraph that the woman was not raped but had died of blunt trauma at the GNRC Hospital in Guwahati on November 24. Medical examination had not found any seminal fluid in her body, he added.
“Tomorrow we will get the report of the magistrate and the day after that of the police. So there is nothing to suggest that she was murdered. What we have gathered is that the deceased was sitting on the extreme left when she fell off and suffered a head injury. We have also gathered that those in the auto left the woman to her fate,” one of the sources said.
Today’s arrests came within hours of the Boginadi anchalik committee of the All Tai Ahom Students’ Union submitting a memorandum to chief minister Tarun Gogoi, flaying the delay on the part of the government to solve the case.
Sources said Uma Gogoi, who hails from the area where the woman was found, in his statement on Saturday had said that he saw two persons getting down from the auto and then getting in before it sped away.
Soon a few people noticed a woman lying on the road with injury marks on her head. They immediately called 108 emergency ambulance service which rushed her to Lakhimpur civil hospital.
Bitumoni Sharma, mandal president of the Akhil Bharatiya Yuba Parishad, Boginadi unit, and Deep Sharma, the deceased’s brother, in their statements to the magistrate, have ruled out possibility of the woman dying in the mishap.