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D-voter hint in woman death

The body of an elderly woman, Aklima Bewa, 62, was found 300 metres from her home in Assam's Bongaigaon district today.

By Tejesh Kumar
  • Published 9.09.16
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Bongaigaon, Sept. 8: The body of an elderly woman, Aklima Bewa, 62, was found 300 metres from her home in Assam's Bongaigaon district today.

Aklima's family suspects that she had committed suicide as she was suffering from depression since her youngest daughter was indicted as a "doubtful voter" by border police.

Aklima was a resident of Dankinamari under Bongaigaon police station. She had gone to visit her neighbours last evening.

The family members said they had waited all night but Aklima did not return home. This morning her body was found around 300 metres from her residence, said Akram Ali, 32, her eldest son.

Ali said the body did not bear any sign of injury. Only a little blood had oozed out of her mouth when the body, which was found lying supine, was turned aside to find injury marks, he added.

Aklima had lost her husband Sattar Sekh, a daily wage earner, when all her three wards - Akram, Saleha and Moriam - were children.

Ali's two younger sisters are married. The youngest, Moraim, 24, who lives in the same village with her husband, had received a notice two years ago by the police, asking her to prove her citizenship in the foreigners tribunal in Bongaigaon.

The notice had caused Aklima's anxiety as the rest of her family members had names in the voter list.

Moriam had appeared before the tribunal at least 25 times with valid documents to prove her Indian citizenship but she had not been acquitted of the charge yet, Ali said.

Seeing her daughter's suffering, Aklima slipped into depression and sought help from several leaders in the village. But she got no assistance from anyone.

However, the actual cause of her death could be ascertained once the post-mortem is done, he added.

After the post-mortem today at Bongaigaon civil hospital at Majgaon, the body has been sent to Aklima's residence in Dankinamari, 7km east from Bongaigaon district headquarters.