The murderer of homeopathic doctor Rahul Basumatary has confessed that he had been in a homosexual relationship with the victim and murdered him after a quarrel.

Within 24 hours of the discovery of the body of Basumatary on Saturday morning, police arrested his killer, 24-year-old Diganta Tanti from his residence near Tocklai tea estate at the Rajabari area in Jorhat.

Tanti, who works as a painter on a daily wage basis, confessed to the murder after he was picked up on Saturday night.

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Police officer-in-charge of Lichubari outpost, Bidyut Dutta said: “Tanti revealed that he had been in a homosexual relationship with Rahul and that he had murdered him after a quarrel.”

However, another police source said Tanti claimed said Rahul had tried to hit upon him (Tanti), and in defence, Tanti had killed him.

“The Bullet motorcycle which Tanti had stolen was recovered from his possession, and he also showed the places where he had hidden Rahul’s smartphone and DSLR camera,” police officer Dutta said.

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Dutta further said Tanti was traced through the phone calls from Rahul’s mobile phone as this was the only number, which did not belong to his family members or friends.

The young homeopathic doctor was murdered on Saturday in Jorhat town.

Basumatary, who hailed from Udalguri district, was an intern doctor of JK Memorial Homeopathic Medical College of Jorhat.

The young doctor was found lying in a pool of blood on the floor of his rented house in Bylane 4 of Chandan Nagar in Jorhat.

The house owner, a retired joint secretary to the Assam government, Hira Prasad Nath, was surprised to see the motorcycle missing from the campus on Saturday morning.

Nath had tried to call Rahul Basumatary, but did not get any response. Then the landlord climbed up the steps to Rahul Basumatary’s flat on the second floor and found the door open.

When Nath entered the room, he found the young homeopathic doctor lying on the floor in a pool of blood.

He immediately informed the Jorhat Police.

Police rushed to the spot and recovered a vegetable-cutting knife from the murder spot.

Smita Bhattacharyya

Smita Bhattacharyya is Northeast Now Correspondent in Jorhat. She can be reached at: triptyaddy@gmail.com