The body of Bikash Singh, an Assistant Central Intelligence Officer posted in Meghalaya’s South Garo Hills district, was found near the Bangladesh border exactly one month after he was allegedly abducted by members of a newly formed militant outfit, the A’chik Songna An’pachakgipa Kotoj (ASAK). Police also recovered the body of Kamal Saha, a small-time cloth merchant who was reportedly kidnapped along with Singh.
“We found two bodies in a shallow pit in a jungle about two kilometre from Bolchugre village on Saturday. Both bodies were in a highly decomposed state and bore injuries that looked like bullet marks. But a final description will be available only after the post-mortem examination report comes,” South Garo Hills SP Lakador Syiem told The Indian Express from Baghmara.
The body of Singh — who hailed from Bihar — was identified by a family member, the SP said. He added that while four persons had been arrested in connection with the abduction, the exact motive behind the crime and the date when the duo was killed was yet to be ascertained.
“We suspect that he must have been killed within two or three days of the abduction. But we are yet to corroborate our findings with that of the post-mortem report as well as other evidence for a final statement,” the SP said.
Sources said Singh was travelling in a public vehicle from Rongara to Baghmara on September 24 when a group of militants intercepted the vehicle. After pulling him and Saha out of the vehicle, the militants whisked them into the forest. The forest where the bodies were found is close to the Bangladesh border.
SP Lakador Syiem said that the bodies were simply dumped into a pit and covered with mud. “It was a shallow pit. One of the arrested militants led the police team to it on Saturday,” he said.
Bolchugre, the nearest village from where the bodies were found, is about 450-km from Shillong. ASAK is the break-away faction of the Achik National Volunteer Council (ANVC), another militant outfit in Meghalaya’s Garo Hills.