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TURA | Oct 12, 2019:

Days after a 17-yr-old girl from Tikrikilla region of West Garo Hills died of poisoning in the neighbouring state, Assam police have arrested a 22-yr-old youth, who lured the victim to elope with him, the same of which ended in tragedy. The accused was arrested shortly after he was discharged from the hospital in Goalpara on Thursday night.

The man identified as Mahabul Hoque from Bhimganj village under Lakhipur police station in Goalpara district, had allegedly courted the 17 years old girl and lured her into eloping on Tuesday.

Tragically, the girl was found dead the next day from a suspected case of poisoning in Bhimganj village and Hoque was admitted to a hospital for consuming the same poison.

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Soon after the body of the girl was recovered, the parents of the victim filed an FIR with Tikrikilla police over the kidnapping and death of their daughter. The Police registered a case of abduction and abetment to murder against the youth and intimated the same to the Goalpara police seeking his custody. Assam police have also registered a case and arrested Hoque.

An arrest warrant is also out on the accused’s parents for abetment in the crime and before police could land in their house the couple have fled and gone into hiding.

“Assam police have arrested and obtained police custody of the accused and once their custody gets over we will take him in,” informed West Garo Hills Superintendent of Police MGR Kumar.

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The abduction and subsequent death of the young girl in the neighbouring state had led to anger and concern with organizations such as the Nokmas and Gaonburas association and the A’chik Youth Council terming the incident as nothing short of murder. They had demanded the immediate arrest of the accused.

“Both Goalpara SP and myself are coordinating the case on a day to day basis also,” informed the SP Kumar.

He also revealed that the internal organs in the main cavities of the victim’s body, especially those in the abdomen have been sent to the State Forensic Laboratory (FSL) for histopathological and toxicological examination to ascertain the cause of death and the kind of poisonous substance used.

With the arrest of the prime suspect in Assam, Garo Hills police are continuing with their investigation and statements of the complainant and family members of the victim have been recorded which will be produced in court during the trial.

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