Twin murder accused in cop net

Serial killer on trains confesses to crime, accomplice on the run, security tightened

By Rishu Kalantri in Tinsukia
  • Published 13.07.18
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Women activists and students protest at Guwahati station on Thursday against the train murders. Picture by UB Photos

Tinsukia: The prime accused in the twin train murders, Bikash Das, was arrested here on Thursday while on the prowl for his third victim. The co-accused, Bipin Pandey, is still at large.

Senior divisional security commissioner Bharat Singh Meena said, "The prime suspect has admitted to raping and murdering both the victims, along with his accomplice. An alert has been issued to arrest Bipin who is absconding. All important railway stations have been alerted.

"After committing the crime on Wednesday, both the men got down at New Tinsukia station and were captured on CCTV on a platform. We have recovered ornaments of the victim of Wednesday's crime and mobile phone and ticket of the victim of Tuesday's crime from Das," he said. The recovered items have been identified by the victims' family members.

A high-level source in Assam police said Das, who hails from Guijan in Tinsukia district, was picked up from New Tinsukia station in the morning after his movements raised suspicion and he could not answer the railway police's queries. He was arrested after he confessed to the crime, following a six-hour interrogation by a joint team of RPF and the Assam police at the headquarters of Tinsukia railway division in Tinsukia.

"On Tuesday, the two had boarded the Dibrugarh-Rangiya Express at Dibrugarh. They committed the crime between Sivasagar and Simaluguri. One of them got down at Simaluguri and the other later at Amguri station. On Wednesday, they boarded the Avadh-Assam Express at Dibrugarh. During a checking at Panitola station, they got down and boarded the front SLR coach (not usually checked). Here, they found the woman alone and raped and killed her between Panitola and Tinsukia stations. Similar gamosa knots were found on both the victims," he said.

"There are scratches on Das's face. We have collected his skin sample and sent it for forensic examination to match with the victims' samples," he added.

The source said the accused, both cooks in a small hotel in Dibrugarh, were about to commit another crime when they were arrested and had been involved in crimes earlier too. A gamosa was recovered from Das.

On Tuesday, a second-year student of the College of Agriculture, Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat, Radha Kumari, was found murdered in the toilet of Dibrugarh-Rangiya Express at Simaluguri station in Sivasagar.

NF Railway chief public relations officer Pranab Jyoti Sarmah said, "Security has been beefed up in all passenger trains under Tinsukia division. The front SLR coach has been sealed and security deployed in the rear SLR." People can give information about suspicious persons on helpline number 182.