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Missing boy’s body inside box

- People erupt in protest against killing allegedly by repeat offender

Borjhar, Aug. 4: People in Changsari in Kamrup (rural) district today erupted in protest after the body of a 12-year-old boy who was missing from yesterday was recovered inside a wooden box in his suspected abductor’s house.

Nipan was the only son of small trader Tarun Nath. The recovery of his body from the room of carpenter Dipjyoti Kalita, a tenant of Dr Abed Ali, today left many seething with anger. Ali’s house is just opposite Nath’s residence.

The Nath family had lodged an FIR at Changsari police station around 3pm yesterday informing police about the child’s disappearance. They suspected Kalita’s involvement and he was brought to the police station last night for questioning.

Sources said Kalita, 23, had demanded a ransom of Rs 10 lakh from Nipan’s father. “We looked for the boy in two places based on some information. When we failed to find him, we questioned Kalita in detail and around 3am today he confessed that he had hidden the body in his room,” a police source said.

The accused has been allegedly staying at Ali’s house for the last one year. Kalita hails from Palashbari, 20km from here.

Kamrup superintendent of police, Indrani Baruah, told this correspondent that today Ali was also brought to the police station for questioning as the people were alleging that Ali knew about the murder and he was allegedly involved in “human organ trafficking”.

During investigation, it came to light that Kalita was an accused in a similar crime when a student, Bitopan Mali of Palashbari was abducted in October last year. The boy was son of a casual worker of the inland water transport department. Kalita had allegedly abducted Bitopan on October 13 from a wedding ceremony at Palashbari. After 17 days, Palashbari police cracked the case by arresting Kalita from his house at Palashbari. He, however, was out on bail, the police said.

Kalita had allegedly demanded a ransom of Rs 15 lakh over phone from Bitopan’s family. On October 21, the family members had reportedly paid Rs 2.5 lakh to the abductor. Bitopan’s mother allegedly offered her ornaments to Kalita, but the boy is yet to be traced.

In 2012, angry people of Bitopan’s village torched Kalita’s own house at Palashbari following his confession that he had killed Bitopan.