A large number of people from Azara area besides top police officials on Saturday afternoon bid a tearful adieu to slain police official Bhaskar Kalita.
Kalita, who was posted as Bordumsa police station in-charge, lost his life in a gun battle with a group of ULFA (I) militants at Kujupathar under Bordumsa police station in Tinsukia district.
35-year-old Kalita leaves behind his wife, three old twins–a daughter and a son besides his parents.
Kalita was cremated with full state honour at his native place Rajapara in Azara area on the city outskirts. Top officials—Special DGP Pallab Bhattacharya, ADGP Mukesh Agarwal, Police Commissioner, Guwahati Hiren Nath, DIG Akhilesh Singh– placed a wreath on Kalita’s body. The body was cremated after a 21-gun salute. Police officers and personnel, family members and villagers took part in the final rites.
A pall of gloom descended after the news of police official’s death reached his native village on Friday evening.
His mortal remains was flown to Guwahati today afternoon from Dibrugarh and taken to his native village by road following postmortem examination being conducted at Assam Medical College Hospital (AMCH).
Earlier in the day, Director General of Police Kuladhar Saikia who visited Bordumsa paid the last respect to the slain officer there.
Kalita’s death has put Assam Police under scanner because the officer was wearing a bullet proof jacket and yet post mortem revealed that two of the nine bullets of Tavor X95 rifle he received on his body had passed through the bullet proof jacket.
Saikia said that he would be enquiring into the bullet proof issue which has come to light.