2 Assam Rifles men beat up youth, land in custody

JORHAT: A major and a rifleman of Assam Rifles have been arrested in Golaghat district for allegedly kidnapping and torturing a class-XII student for being in touch with a girl on the Net.

The duo was identified as Major E S Vinod and rifleman W K Ramesh Singh from 3rd Assam Rifles based in Churanchandpur, Manipur. The major reportedly had an affair with the girl.

On Thursday, the Jorhat magistrate sent the two to judicial custody. Police said they found in their possession a 9mm pistol, a .32 revolver and a handcuff.

Additional SP (Jorhat) Subudh Sonowal said the major had got into a relationship with a local girl whille he was posted at Sadiya in Tinsukia district. "Later, he came to know that Debabrata Bordoloi, a Plus II science student, was sending e-mails to and chatting with the girl on the Net. He asked the student to stay away," he added.

Sources said the two Assam Rifles personnel came to Titabar in a car around 8 p.m. on Wednesday. In their civvies, they forced a youth called Bhargav Khound to get into their car and then asked him to call Debabrata, a native of Sivasagar district, from his hostel.

"When Debabrata came out of the hostel located in the Amgurikhat area, the two Assam Rifles men dragged him inside the car and beat him and Bhargav. But the moment they saw Debabrata collapse, they dropped him and Bhargav near Kakadonga bridge at Dhodar Ali on the outskirts of the town," a source said. The two youths were later rescued by some locals and taken to hospital.

The additional SP said police arrested the accused around 11 pm from the Kamarbandha area in Golaghat.

Assam Rifles sources said the army would request the Jorhat magistrate to transfer the case from the civil court to an army court.