GUWAHATI, July 12: In a major breakthrough, the police have arrested the prime accused in the killing of two women in train toilets in Simaluguri and Mariani railway stations from Tinsukia town on Thursday night, even as the police on Thursday released a sketch of the accused.
The individual has been identified as Bikash Das alias Bubu. The police are also looking for another person identified as Bipin Pandey, who is also involved in the two incidents.
During interrogation, Bikash confessed to the crime and said he had killed the two women Radha Kumari and Lalima Devi inside the train. While Assam Agricultural University (AAU) student Radha Kumari was found murdered in the toilet of the Dibrugarh-Rangiya Express at Simaluguri in Sivasagar district on Tuesday, another woman aged about 45 years was found murdered in the toilet of down Avadh Assam Express at the Mariani station in Jorhat district on Wednesday.
The semi clad body of Lalima Debi of Kodomoni Boiragi Math in Dibrugarh with a cloth tied around her neck was found at the toilet of the train.
The arrested Bikash had a tea stall in Tinsukia railway station. However, he has left this trade and started selling of cloths in trains.
A head constable of Railway Protection Force (RPF) Madhuram Deka caught Bikash from the station. The mobile phone, train ticket and some jewellery of the victim Radha Kumari were also recovered from Bikash.
Meanwhile, the police in Sivasagar released a sketch of the accused. “Based on the description given by the mother of Radha Kumari, Debasis Benerjee, an artist from Kolkata, drew a sketch of the accused. It will be sent to all local police stations and other police departments as well,” a top police official told Northeast Now.
The Special Investigation Team (SIT) formed by Assam police to probe the murder of the 21-year-old AAU student visited her residence at Sivasagar and spoke to her mother.
The NF Railway, meanwhile, swung into action to ensure safety of passengers following the gruesome murders of the two women on moving trains. The Railway authorities have instructed the officials of the Tinsukia division to escort all SLR and disabled coaches of the mail as well passenger trains during day time.
ADGP of Government Railway Police (GRP) R Chandranathan visited Simaluguri railway station to investigate the incident amidst protest launched by the workers of Nazira Block Mahila Congress.
The protesters demanded immediate arrest of the culprits involved in the murder of Radha Kumari besides demanding that the security of the train passengers be ensured.