GUWAHATI, July 13: Police in Dibrugarh arrested the second culprit identified Bipin Pandey involved in the murder of Radha Kumari and Lalima Devi from 2AC coach of Bengaluru Express at Banipur railway station in Dibrugarh district around 2:30 am on Friday.
A student of the Assam Agricultural University in Jorhat was found dead in a toilet of the Kamakhya Express on July 10 while the body of an elderly woman was found in a toilet of the Avadh Assam Express on July 11 and both of them were found to have been killed in a similar manner. Police have the reasons to believe that both the women were raped before murder.
A team of police led by additional superintendent of police Surajit Singh Panesar arrested Bipin Pandet, when he was coming back to Dibrugarh from Dimapur.
Bipin went to Dimapur after the recovery of the body of Lalima Devi from a toilet of Avadh Assam Express in Mariani railway station on Wednesday. Police tracked his cell phone and cordoned off the entire Banipur railway junction with more than 100 police personnel. They checked each and every passenger and finally managed to nab the culprit.
Police also seized the mobile and other articles from the accused. Bipin is believed to be an accomplice of the prime accused Bikash Das alias Bubu, who was arrested from Tinsukia railway station on Thursday morning.
“Culprits of both the heinous crimes on running trains at Simaluguri and Mariani have been apprehended and incriminating evidence recovered. We are committed to ensuring justice for citizens and the rule of law,” the Assam Police tweeted on Friday.
During interrogation, Das had named Pandey as his accomplice in both crimes after the railway police force apprehended him on Thursday.
Pandey, who hails from Bihar and is a rickshaw puller, was handed over to police in Sivasagar district, an officer said.
Das had confessed before the RPF that he along with Pandey had strangulated both their victims with a ‘gamosa’ (Assamese scarf) after raping them and dumping their body in the toilet of empty train coaches.
RPF and police officials told reporters here that Das was apprehended when a security man noticed him at the Tinsukia station with a ‘gamosa’, the kind of cloth he had used to strangulate both victims.
Earlier Das used to run a tea-stall near the Tinsukia station and at present was selling clothes in trains.
He confessed that he was about to take a train to Furkating station to commit a similar crime but he was apprehended before he could do so, they said.
Mobile phones belonging to both the victims, the student’s earrings and her train ticket and one of the anklets of the elderly woman were recovered from Das, the officers said.
Das had taken advantage of coaches meant for physically challenged people, which are normally empty and often boarded by women.