28 years old Munin Bora of Sipahigaon, Sivasagar drowned into the Dikhow River at about 3.30 pm. today. He was married since six months.
The incident occurred when policemen beat up few including the victim while gambling on the banks of River Dikhow. In the frenzy Munin dived into the river. While struggling to swim a lady tried to help him with a bamboo pole. Instead the policemen pushed Munin further into the river drowning him in the process. The infuriated locals beat up the policemen who ran away to avoid the fracas.
Munin is suspected to be dead with only his footwear found. Eyewitnesses claim it be a brutal violation of human rights. When SDO Sivsagar visited the spot angry locals damaged his vehicle following which policemen fired 9 blank shots to disperse the public.
About 5000 people gathered and blocked the road and demanded the DC to handover the guilty policemen whose names were not declared. Later the DC Sivsagar intervened into the matter and brought the situation under control.
In another incident took place in the same area when one of the recovery team members sank into the river while searching the victim's body at about 5.45 pm. His body is yet missing.
UPDATE: Policemen alleged responsible for Munin Bora’s death are SI Madanmohan Sinha, ASI Bipul Kumar Gogoi, Constable Haren Bora and Chandrasekhar Singh.
It was Chandrasekhar Singh who pushed Munin along with the bamboo far into the river. The other rescue team member who drowned when he tried to recover the body is Abbas Ali of Rangghar Chariali. Both the bodies were found today. Munin's body was found at Rupohimukh this morning while the other body was found at Hatikhukh at about 2.30 pm. Public took out a procession with Munin's deadbody at Sivasagar town. The guilty policeman were only after Munin's body was found.