The Assam Tribune

Elderly couple murdered in city, caretaker held


GUWAHATI, Oct 26: Hours after an elderly couple living alone at House No. 1 of Chandan Nagar in the Survey locality of the city was found murdered under mysterious circumstan­ces inside their residence, police arrested their caretaker in connection with the case.

Bodies of the deceased, identified as Nonigopal Baruah, a retired engineer, and his wife Mina Baruah, a retired teacher, were first spotted by their caretaker Akash Choudhury.

After questionin­g Choudhury for nearly five hours, police arrested him for his involvemen­t in the twin murder.

Investigat­ors claimed that the involvemen­t of Choudhury is more or less confirmed, but whether he committed the offence by himself or involved others as well in executing the murder is being probed.

A top Assam Police official said that Choudhury, who has been with the couple for over a decade, had planned the murder meticulous­ly. Although police had earlier suspected it to be a case of robbery, analysis of the crime scene brought into play the angle of a planned murder.

Police, however, are still tight-lipped about the motive behind the murder.

Significan­tly, investigat­ors have not found any distinct sign of forced entry into the house, hinting that the iron grill of the window was removed from inside the room.

Whether or not the elderly couple was made unconsciou­s by serving food laced with sedatives before murdering them is still not clear.

Sources informed that the narrative of the caretaker appeared non-linear and there were many things which could not be corroborat­ed. !His (the caretaker$s) questionin­g is on and we would soon connect the dots vis-à-vis the murder," an official privy to the investigat­ion said.

Police said the bodies bore multiple injury marks indicating that the assailants hit the couple with a semi-blunt object leading to the duo$s death. Police have also questioned several other individual­s, including Choudhury$s wife.

Earlier, the crime scene was examined by forensic teams that collected exhibits from the scene of crime for further analysis. Finger prints were also collected by experts, which, investigat­ors say, would prove decisive in due course of time.

Guwahati Police Commission­er Harmeet Singh after inspecting the crime scene told reporters that the investigat­ors are on the job and very soon the culprits would be brought to book.

Later, Special DGP GP Singh also visited the place and said that the case would be solved soon. The elderly couple is survived by two daughters, who stay outside the State.

Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma reacting to the gruesome murder said that the case would soon be cracked.

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