Teens arrested for bus attack

City police on Sunday claimed to have arrested a teenager who had allegedly thrown a stone at the Australian team bus on October 10 when it was returning to hotel.

By A STAFF REPORTER in Guwahati
  • Published 16.10.17
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The shattered windowpane

Guwahati: City police on Sunday claimed to have arrested a teenager who had allegedly thrown a stone at the Australian team bus on October 10 when it was returning to hotel.

The youth has been identified as Manoj Medhi, 19, a resident of Lokhra Nunmati under Gorchuk police station. He is a higher secondary second-year student of Betkuchi Higher Secondary School here.

Three of his friends, who were present at the time of the incident, have been arrested as accomplices. One of them has been identified as Mantu Kalita, 19, a resident of Lokhra Bamunpara under Gorchuk police station. The Telegraph is withholding the names and details of the other two as they are juveniles.

Assam director-general of police Mukesh Sahay said the four had committed the crime under the influence of alcohol since they were upset over India's loss to Australia in the T20 international at Barsapara stadium on the evening of October 10.

The four were picked up around 3am on Sunday from Bamunpara here. "They will be produced before court on Monday. We will seek their police custody for 10 days for further interrogation and investigation," police commissioner Hiren Chandra Nath said.

He said they have confessed to the crime during preliminary interrogation.

"Investigations so far revealed that they had consumed liquor and then had dinner at one of their residences. While having dinner, they were watching the cricket match on mobile phone and became frustrated at India losing to Australia," Nath said.

"After dinner, they were discussing about the T20 match at a sweet shop at Bamunpara Chowk when they saw the Australian team bus coming. Medhi threw a stone at the bus smashing a windowpane and fled the spot," Nath said.

The four youths have been arrested under Sections 307 (attempt to murder), 336 (act endangering life or personal safety of others), 427 (mischief causing damage) and 511 (attempting to commit offences punishable with imprisonment for life or other imprisonment) of the IPC under case number 398/2017 at Gorchuk police station.

On October 11, the police had detained two persons and later arrested them for their suspected involvement in the incident. The duo is in judicial custody. "We are investigating if they are involved. If the duo are found to be innocent, we will file a prayer in court to discharge them," Nath said.

Australian batsman Aaron Finch had posted a picture on Twitter which showed a shattered windowpane of the team bus. Although no one was injured, the incident raised concerns about the security of players visiting the country and caused embarrassment to the state, prompting chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal to direct Sahay to arrest the culprits at the earliest.