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Missing constable resurfaces

Kokrajhar, July 18: Missing police constable Bithorai Brahma resurfaced at his native village of Uttar Dotma, 8km from here, today, four days after he went missing from his Labdangguri police post in Baksa district.

Brahma accused his seniors, including officer-in-charge of Labdangguri police post Pankaj Das, of conspiring to kill him. He said he had fled fearing for his life.

“Das always suspects me of having links with a militant group and had ordered that I be shot from behind during a militant operation,” he alleged. He said Das had tried to frame him as a militant outfit’s linkman to senior police officials in the district. His fears grew stronger after his weapon was taken away on July 14. He fled his postand took shelter in a Bodo village before garnering courage to come home yesterday. He first went to a relative’s place at Serfanguri who took him to Dotma, 10km away, in the wee hours today. The police took him into custody at Dotma and brought him to Serfanguri. Denying militant links, Brahma said he would move court.

Das could not be reached.

Salbari sub-divisional police officer Rupam Phukan refused to comment on the allegation but said, “According to information provided by a family member, Brahma has been mentally disturbed for the past few months.”