Guwahati: In a major breakthrough, the Nagaon police arrested another key accused in the sensational Batadrava police station arson case on Tuesday.
The accused identified as Shafiqul Islam, who was absconding for a long time, allegedly ransacked the premises of Batadrava police station and helped prime accused Majida Khatun to set it on fire.
During a coordinated operation by the Nagaon and Morigaon district police, Shafiqul Islam was arrested after raiding a brick kiln owned by one Akash Ali of the Moirabari area in Morigaon District.
According to reports, the Nagaon police have already been able to arrest only 13 of the total 25 accused who were accused in the Batadrava police station arson case on May 21, 2022. Also, one of the main accused, Asiqul Islam, died after being hit by a car while trying to escape from police custody.
Sources informed that the police have not received any clue about the other 12 accused including Majida Khatun in the Batadrava case, who is currently absconding.
It may also be mentioned that a month back, Assam police had submitted a charge sheet in the Batadrava police station arson case. The Nagaon police who were probing the case have named at least 24 people including two juveniles.
The accused also included some 11 women. Out of all the accused named in the charge sheet, 11 were arrested, including two juveniles. The remaining 13 were still on the run.
Nagaon police superintendent (SP) Leena Doley told the media that the chargesheet was filed before the stipulated time frame of 90 days.
She added that police have also requested to try the case in a fast-track court for speedy justice.
On May 21, Batadrava police station was set on fire by an irate mob over an alleged custodial death of a local fish trader, Safikul Islam (39), who was picked up by police the previous night.
With inputs from Biju Gohain (Nagaon correspondent, TIME8)