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Nano reveals kerosene clue

The Nano that allegedly ferried Pranab Boro to Dispur. Picture by UB Photos

Guwahati, March 20: Kerosene oil residue has been detected in the forensic examination of the samples lifted from the Tata Nano, which allegedly ferried Pranab Boro to Dispur before he set himself on fire.

The police case diary mentions that experts at the Forensic Science Laboratory at Kahilipara found residues of kerosene in a piece of sponge collected from the back seat and from a portion of polythene taken from the Nano.

According to the police, this clearly shows that Boro was drenched in kerosene and brought to the spot in the Nano for self-immolation on February 24 by Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) activists Dilip Deka and Abdul Motin Choudhury, who are now absconding.

The Telegraph has accessed the synopsis of the case diary, which was produced before Gauhati High Court yesterday during the bail hearing of Akhil Gogoi and his associates.

The red Nano, bearing registration number AS01-AW 2011, has become an important part of the police investigation into Boroís death.

The case diary also stated that Nagen Doley, the owner of the Nano, in his statements recorded under Sections 161 and 164 CrPC had said his car was taken by Dilip Deka at 9.30am on February 24 and returned after an hour by Abdul Motin Choudhury.

Boro set himself on fire around around 10am.

A case (number 327/2014) had been registered by police in connection with the incident at Dispur police station under Sections 120 B (criminal conspiracy) and 306 (abetment to suicide) IPC.

In the synopsis of the case diary, it was mentioned that after the car was returned, Doley could detect the smell of kerosene inside the vehicle.

When he enquired about the smell, Motin Choudhury told him that they had brought some kerosene in the car for a torch-lit procession of the KMSS on that day.

The police said the KMSS did not hold a torch-lit procession on that particular day.

They said in order to commit self-immolation, a person must be equipped with a container of kerosene and a matchbox or a lighter. But despite vigorous searches at the incident spot no such articles were found, which makes it evident that Boro was brought to the spot already drenched in kerosene.

The police feel the arrests of the absconding accused will throw more light on the larger conspiracy and planning behind the self-immolation, which had shocked the entire state.

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