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Court unhappy in SIT investigation into Tripura journalist murder

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Agartala Jun 14 | Thursday, Jun 14 2018 IST
The trial court of the murder case of Journalist Sudip Datta Bhowmik at the beginning of hearing made a serious note yesterday over the investigation and directed investigating officer of the SIT to produce all the relevant documents of the case before the court.

The first day of the trial commenced yesterday acting on the charge-sheet has filed by the Special Investigation Team formed earlier after the gruesome murder of Sudip Datta Bhowmik at TSR 2nd Battalion Head Quarters on November 21 last year.

While cross examination of the SIT head DIG (southern range) Arindam Nath followed by recording his statement it revealed that none of the TSR personnel had delivered any statement against prime accused of the case Commandant Tapan Debbarma and police has also not recorded any statement of the officials.

The DIG admitted that the statement which he placed on November 25 last under section 161 CRPC as a witness to the Investigating Officer was not accurate by the time. As, it is found not mentioned in the charge sheet that the statement recorded by him was a compelled version of his observations which were incorporated before forming the SIT.

Moreover, clarifying some points raised by defense lawyer he admitted that no search operations were conducted in the place of occurrence in spite of being present at the spot right from the short period of time after the incident.

In the meantime, during the trial, court had also articulated displeasure over several manhandled measures of the investigation. It is found that the forensic report of 'mobile phone encrypted data' belongs to Sudip Datta Bhowmik was not placed before the court despite being mentioned in the charge sheet.

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