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Trainee kin move court for CBI probe

Guwahati, July 24: The family of a 26-year-old chartered accountant of Coal India Limited, Margherita, who was found dead in his official quarters in April this year, has moved Gauhati High Court seeking a CBI probe as it suspected it to be a murder case.

Anand Kumar Agarwal, hailing from Dumka in Jharkhand, was found dead on April 4 inside his flat on the PSU’s compound in Upper Assam’s Tinsukia district. Assam police had allegedly taken no step so far even as the family had lodged a complaint on April 9.

Anand’s cousin brother Vikash Agarwal told The Telegraph today over phone from Dumka that they filed a writ petition in the high court yesterday as the post-mortem of the body was conducted before he and Anand’s younger brother Aman had reached Margherita on April 4 and the family got no response from Assam police so far.

“We reached Margherita around 3.30pm on April 4 after we were informed that Anand was not well. But they had already conducted the post-mortem in Tinsukia hospital and we were asked to sign some papers. But we refused to do so as we suspected foul play. Later, they asked us to take the body and they arranged flight tickets. So, we had written to Assam police seeking investigation,” Vikash said.

Anand, son of a small trader, Kamlesh Kumar Agarwal, had passed the CA examination in October 2013 and had joined Coal India as a management trainee in its finance department. He was posted at the PSU’s Margherita office and was provided a two-bedroom flat as official quarters, which he shared with a colleague.

Amit Goyal, the lawyer of the family, said here that the writ petition was registered in the high court yesterday. The petition made the Assam government, Assam police, officer-in-charge of Margherita police station, general manager of Coal India, Margherita, and superintendent of Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi Civil Hospital, Tinsukia, respondents.

“The family asked why the post-mortem was done in its absence though the PSU officials knew that the family members were on their way to Margherita. Besides, while performing last rites, they found a major injury mark on his shoulder. These made the family suspect murder. It also suspects that Anand might have been killed, as he was aware of some information related to an investigation into an internal matter of Coal India. Besides, what is surprising is that the post-mortem report does not clearly state the cause of death,” Goyal said.

“Anand’s flatmate told us that he found his room closed from the inside and did not respond to his call. But we found no record of his call in Anand’s mobile phone. The family was dependent on him as his younger brother Aman is still studying,” said Vikash.

He said the family was yet to get any financial assistance from Coal India.

Debashish Roy, general manager of Coal India Limited, Margherita, told The Telegraph that they suspect it to be a suicide but the police in Tinsukia were investigating the case. “We are providing every bit of assistance to the police in the investigation,” he said.