|Youths protest the custodial death of Balsan Marak.
Tura, May 30: Unidentified men abducted and killed a 26-year-old autorickshaw driver late last evening. His body was found in a picnic spot, on the outskirts of Tura town, around 10.30pm yesterday.
The death comes a day after media had carried a statement of the breakaway faction of the A’chik National Volunteer’s Council (ANVC-B). The outfit, in its letter to the Union home ministry, had named a policeman for abusing Balsan Marak, an undertrial who died on May 20 at a government hospital here.
Sources said the victim is the younger brother of the policeman and had disappeared from an auto stand in Tura Bazaar around 7.20pm yesterday.
Gunshots were heard near the picnic spot, Pelga Dare, nearly 12km from here which led police to begin a search.
The police recovered the body of the victim, along with his autorickshaw. The head was smashed and the body bore marks of severe injuries. Two bullets were also extricated from the body.
However, the police refused to comment on the injuries, saying they would wait for the post-mortem report.
West Garo Hills SP Mukesh Singh said, “We are investigating the matter and looking at all angles.” Terming the death as “unfortunate”, Singh said, “It is painful that a young man has lost his life under undesirable circumstances.”
“It is very unfortunate that when a militant kills a person, NGOs are not bothered to condemn or visit the bereaved family,” said a close friend of the victim.