Four held for ‘rape and murder’ of 53-year-old school teacher in Udalguri

Four suspects were arrested in connection with the alleged rape and murder of a 53-year-old school teacher at Kalaigaon in Udalguri district of Assam, police said on July 12.

Additional Director General of Police, Assam CID, LR Bishnoi on July 12 tweeted that the case ‘has been solved within four days. “Under close monitoring by honourable @DGPAssamPolice and myself, @AssamCid and @udalguripolice relentlessly pursued investigation of Kalaigaon PS C/No. 65/20 and solved it within 4 days. Arrested accused – Upendra Baruah, Hirakjyoti, Joshoda Rabha and Nawazir Hussain – are in 7 days remand.”

The four have been arrested under several sections of the IPC, including Section 302 (murder) and Section 376 (Punishment for rape), among others.

Upendra Baruah is the husband of the victim while Hirakjyoti is their son. Along with them, the family’s domestic maid, Joshoda Rabha, and a mason, Nawazir Hussain, have also been arrested, UNI reported.

Earlier, Assam Police CID was roped in to probe the alleged murder of the teacher whose body was recovered from a private school, nearly 1.5 km away from her residence at Kalaigaon in Udalguri on July 7.

The police said the deceased, identified as Nayantara Saharia, a resident of Kalaigaon College road, went missing on July 6.

The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) had demanded a judicial probe into the incident.

There have been allegations that her face was disfigured by the criminals by splashing some corrosive substance.

Udalguri police suspected that the deceased was possibly attacked with some chemicals like acid as the face of the lady was completely burnt. “We are waiting for the forensic report to confirm the acid attack and rape,” the police said.

On July 8, Assam Police Director General Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta said, “As directed by the chief minister, Assam CID officials and forensic experts dispatched to assist the Udalguri Police. No stone will be left unturned to bring the culprits to book.”

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