Recovery of the bodies of a woman and her daughter at Bairagi Tilla under Torutajabari Gaon Panchayat in Cachar district on Saturday created widespread sensation in Chatlahawar region.
Early on Saturday morning, villagers found the bodies of the mother-daughter duo with injury marks at the edge of Chatlahawar, a water body, which is known for fishing.
The bodies have been identified as that of Mira Ree and her daughter 12-year-old daughter Sangita Ree.
Following the recovery, the villagers immediately called the police as well as the village defence party (VDP).
The officer-in-charge (OC) of Assam University police patrol post, located near the spot and the OC of Silchar Sadar police station along with a sniffer dog reached Bairagitilla within half an hour.
The police team launched a massive man-hunt to nab the culprits involved in the crime.
In no time, the sniffer dog led the police team towards a house, 300 metres away from the scene of the crime, which belongs to one fisherman, Akhil Das.
Akhil Das was not found as he escaped after locking his house.
A blood-smeared shovel was found lying outside Akhil Das’ house.
After questioning one or two of his neighbours, police came to know that the deceased – Mira Ree (mother) and her daughter 12-year-old Sangita Ree – had been staying in Akhil’s house for the last six-seven months.
A local resident, Sukumar Das, speaking to Northeast Now, said, “Akhil used to stay alone as his wife had left him a few years ago.”
“Mira Ree’s husband also left her along with their daughter for some other woman,” added Das.
“After recovery of the bodies, we informed the police as well as the Cachar SP this morning, who in turn acted promptly to send a team along with sniffer dog for further investigations,” said Sukumar Das.
At the time of filing this report, Akhil Das remained absconding.
However, Cachar Police has launched a massive manhunt in neighbouring Hailalandi district too.