The mangled vehicle in Guwahati. Picture by UB Photos
Guwahati, March 6: The death of an Assam CID officer, who was investigating a multicrore-rupee scam in the state agriculture department, in a car accident last night, triggered suspicion that he could have been murdered to derail the probe.
CID deputy superintendent of police Sadananda Hazarika died when he rammed his Mahindra Xylo into the rear end of a dumper truck, which was taking a turn on the Guwahati bypass of National Highway 37, at Beharbari under Basistha police station here around 11pm yesterday.
He was on his way to his Games Village residence when the accident happened. The truck fled the spot immediately after the accident and the police have not yet been able to trace the vehicle.
Though Hazarika was immediately rushed to the hospital, doctors declared him dead on arrival. The autopsy was conducted at Gauhati Medical College and Hospital today.
A source said Hazarika, 58, seems to have been travelling at a very high speed because the impact of the crash was such that the front portion of the car was mangled beyond recognition.
Chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal has directed director-general of police Mukesh Sahay to inquire into the circumstances leading to the accident.
A case has been registered in this connection at Basistha police station and an investigation has been started under direct supervision of deputy commissioner of police (East) Mohneesh Mishra.
"From the investigation so far, we have not found anything to suggest any foul play. We will, however, examine all aspects before coming to a final conclusion," Mishra said.
Hazarika was the investigating officer of the around Rs 700-crore agriculture scam in the state in which names of some high profile and influential persons have surfaced.
NGO Assam Public Works (APW) president Abhijeet Sharma demanded a thorough inquiry saying the accident has raised doubts if there was any foul play. It was based on a complaint lodged by APW that the CID had registered the agriculture scam case.
Gurpreet Singh, a leader of Aam Aadmi Party's state unit, in a Facebook post today said a Vyapam-like scam could be in the making where people die mysteriously.